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Crate Training Your Dog

Crate training is essential and beneficial for your dog. A crate should never be used as a punishment; it should be a positive and safe place for your dog to be. Keep in mind; crate training can take weeks to months, depending on your dogs’ temperament, age and past experiences.

Selecting a Crate

There are different types of crates, collapsible wire crates, plastic crates or soft-sided crates. Regarding the size of the crate, you don’t want to get something that’s too small nor too big. Your dog must be able to stand up, turn around and lay down comfortably. For puppies, collapsible wire crates that come with a divider are great. If your puppy’s crate is too big it will allow him/her to eliminate in one corner and lay in another corner; it is best to use the divider to make the crate smaller to avoid this. Collapsible wire crates that have two doors are a great training tool because they give the dog more options, it may make them feel safer if they are uncomfortable with the crate or had a bad experience in the past.

The Principles of Crate Training

When introducing your dog to the crate, take your time and have lots of treats available, make sure you put the crate in a family room such as the living room so your dog can visibly see you from inside the crate. Open the crate door, let your dog smell and investigate the crate. When your dog smells or steps in the crate give him a treat. You may drop some yummy treats inside the crate and let your dog take his time. Once your dog can go in the crate on his own, give him a nice toy to keep him busy and close the door. An excellent idea for a toy would be a Frozen Kong with either pumpkin, peanut butter, or you can be creative! Always reward your dog for being quiet in the crate, although ignore him when he is crying or whining. Make sure you do not put your dog in a crate and leave him alone for an extended period of time, start with having your dog in the crate while you are home and slowly increase the time that you’re gone to not startle your dog and make it a negative experience.

Written by Ashley Atkinson, VT

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Riverview Animal Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, Riverview Animal Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building. We have initiated a Closed-Door Policy, we have locked our front doors. Please call 506.387.4015 when you arrive for your appointment. We will meet you outside to get your pet. The exam will take place in our hospital with your scheduled Doctor with communication via telephone. In addition, we are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. You can also place an order through our Online Store by visiting our website.

EMERGENCY CASES

- If possible, please call us at 506.387.4015 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 506.387.4015 , and we'll come to you.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.

WE ARE CHANGING OUR EMERGENCY SYSTEM INTO A TRUE TRIAGE-BASED SYSTEM

We will no longer have suggested appointment times for urgent care situations

  • Please continue to call ahead to let us know that your pet is having an emergency and that you are on your way.
  • For our emergency hospital-evenings and weekends will be walk in only. Your pet will be triaged by a Veterinary technician, who will determine the level of care that is needed for your pet. Critical patients will be our top priority, and will be seen first.
  • This will increase wait times for patients that are triaged as non-urgent.
  • Thank you in advance for your understanding.


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