It was a sunny Sunday. So I thought it was a perfect time to walk my favourite chocolate Labrador in the park. Considering the distance of the park from our house, I had to prepare a couple of treats for myself and of course, for my furry pal. Since my dog pal isn’t so comfortable with traveling even short distances, I called him and let him in his huge dog cage. When everything was set, we hit the road.
As we neared the park, I noticed lots of vehicles were already there. While some were just finding shady areas to rest their cars, others were already settled. “It’s still early,” I whispered. Still, I went on. Luckily, I was able to find a cool spot.
Excited about our long bonding day ahead, I hurried to the backseat of my car only to find my Lab sleeping soundly. Suddenly, a random thought came into my head. I asked myself, “If I was in his shoe, would I feel happy with the thought of being caged?” From then on, I started gathering ideas that could somehow help make my dog pal ecstatic and comfortable while in his cage. I listed all of them below. But that’s not all. I also prepared an exciting treat for you. Just read on!
1. Make the cage comfortable.
If you truly love your dog, for sure you know that their coat is very important for their overall well-being. Why is that? It is because it is their first protection against any harmful elements, such as heat, wind, cold, and rain. Whether you believe it or not, even the dogs with the thickest fur can still feel cold.
If your pooch sleeps in the cage, it is best that you use a blanket or a towel as a lining. But if you don’t have them, you can use straw instead. Dogs completely love them! Whenever I give fresh straw to my Lab, he easily gets excited. To make it a lot more relaxing, you can add his favourite toys or pillows.
2. Keep it clean.
Just like humans, dogs need a clean place to rest and sleep. That said, you must always keep their enclosures sanitized and tidy at all times, especially if it is where they spend most of their time.
The way a cage must be cleaned depends on the type of dog cage you have. But for my Lab’s home, I wash it with clean water and non-toxic soap. And before I even do that, I make sure all his toys and blanket are out so that I can wash them separately. After washing, I wipe the interiors with another clean cloth and let it dry under the sun.
Although this works well for most cages, I recommend that you check first the material composition of the unit. There are some dog cages that are not water-resistant. Therefore, if you wash this with water and soap, it will surely wear out easily.
3. Have a steady supply of clean and fresh water.
Water plays an important role in the lives of your pooches. It is basically the cheapest and most accessible nutrient you can offer them.
Regardless if you are traveling or not, always make sure you provide your pet with a bowl of fresh water. He will need it to quench his thirst and prevent dehydration. As much as possible, change his water supply at least twice a day.
If the weather is too hot, make it a habit to refill it form time to time. The tendency is that too much heat will make him want to drink more often. Thus, if his water bowl is empty, he might resort to other filthy sources like toilet bowls, which can be a source of germs and viruses.
4. Provide excellent-quality food.
I’ve wasted about a year and a half just trying various dog foods. I feed my Lab a certain brand for around 10 weeks and then search for another options. From there, I found out that there are certain ingredients that he doesn’t seem to like.
In the long run, I opted for a known dog brand. I kept on feeding my dog with that and eventually, his fur became soft and thick. He even became more active and lively. Based on my experience, you too can experiment with dog foods until you find that particular brand that your dog loves.
Why am I sharing this? The reason is simple. I just want to share to you the importance of feeding your dogs right. Whether you are traveling or not, you should always have a sufficient supply of dog food with you.
Yes, my advice is not perfect, but I just wish you learned something from my experience so that the next time you travel with your canine buddy, you won’t be worried so much about him being in a dog cage. Feel free to share these tips with your friends, too! By doing that, we can help raise awareness.
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