Labrador Puppy Beds and Bedding: Tips and Advice for Keeping Your Puppy Cosy
1) Make sure your puppy’s crate is big enough for him or her.
A good rule of thumb is if you could fit into it, then it will do the job. If not, try a bigger one! (If you are unsure of how much space your pup needs, please refer to our guide to choosing the right dog bed).
2) You can use a dog bed that is already made for puppies, but make sure it is washable.
Most of them are not. Washable means they have been treated with detergent and water so they don’t smell bad when washed. They must be able to dry themselves out properly too!
3) There are many different types of dog beds available online.
Some are made from cotton, some from wool, some are made of plastic and others. So choose wisely.
4) Choose a brand name dog bed that has been tested and approved by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
AKC is an organization which tests all new breeds before they go on sale in stores. The company testing the product must submit their results to the AKC for approval. The quality of these products depends on whether they pass or fail this test.
The best dog beds you can find are the ones that have been tested and approved by the American Kennel Club.
5) Do not cut corners when buying a good quality dog bed.
By buying a cheap brand, even if it is washable, your dog is going to be more likely to get an infection from their skin, become allergic or even get fleas.
6) Do not feed your dog before putting them to bed!
It is important that you wait at least 2 hours after they last ate before putting them to bed. If their bed is struggling to stay up because your dog is eating too much then there are ways you can limit how much they eat during the day. Some dogs will also vomit if they eat too much so you might want to keep an eye on this as well.
So there you have it folks! The basics to choosing the correct type of bed for your own pet.
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Labrador puppy beds and bedding are an important decision in ensuring that your pet has the comfortable night’s sleep they need to grow and develop into strong, healthy dogs. It is also a good idea to choose a bed that is easy to clean and hard wearing so that it lasts as long as possible.
By following the advice in this guide, you will find a bed to suit both you and your pet.
We hope you found this guide useful and that you can use this information the next time you go looking for a new bed for your furry friend!
How to Choose the Best Dog Crate
A dog crate doesn’t have to be some scary, prison-like contraption that sits in the basement and is only used when you leave the house. Dognests use them in training because they know how valuable and beneficial a crate can be to a dog’s life. They’re just like little dogs’ playpens.
So, if you’re going to get a crate for your dog, remember it doesn’t have to be some big, bad cage. There are crate covers, pads and liners that can make the crate more comforting and homey for your pet. You can even take away (or at least reduce) the correctional aspect of the crate altogether.
If you travel with your dog a lot, use it at night so your pet doesn’t wake the neighbors at 4 a.m. with his nocturnal wanderings or put it in the back of your car so your dog has a little padding between it and the metal cage in the back of your station wagon, a crate is a great investment.
Just make sure you choose a good-quality crate so it doesn’t fall apart on the road.
You should also be sure that you get the proper size crate for your dog so he can stand up, sit down and turn around in it. Don’t forget, your pet is going to grow. If you get a crate for a small puppy, chances are he’s going to be able to escape before he’s full grown.
After that, it’s just up to you and what you want to do with the crate. It is a good idea to take away all the wire flooring (it’s not very comfortable for pets) and padding the inside of the crate with something like blankets or towels.
If you really want to get fancy, there are crates that come with a built-in pet bed. You can even find crates with safety measures like “pop-out” corners that your pet can’t get his head stuck in and crates with tops that are secured with child safety locks.
These days, crates are no longer the dark, scary places where bad dogs go. There are all sorts of crates, from all sorts of materials, in all sorts of styles — sometimes looking more like a piece of furniture than something that contains your pet. So go ahead and choose one you think might work for you both.
Although some people refer to their crates as “crackers” or “cages”, the correct term is crate. This is a term that describes a dog who has been properly trained to sleep in a crate.
What is a crate and how do you use it?
The crate is not a punishment. It’s a safe place for your dog. It’s his sanctuary where he can go and feel comfortable and secure while you are not around.
The crate serves many purposes. It gives him a sense of “belonging” to you as well as a “safe haven” to retreat to when he needs privacy. It’s a place where he can sleep without you having to continually watch him and correct him for inappropriate behavior.
It helps him to learn appropriate potty habits by keeping him from scavenging and eliminating all over the house when you are not watching.
It will stop him from chewing inappropriate items as well as becoming destructive when you are not around. It’s a place to keep him contained so that he is safe when you are away from home and unable to watch him.
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