We all have our bolt holes – that little space in the home with our personal stamp on it. It might be a bedroom, a hot bath, a study, a garden shed, or just a comfy chair. The important thing is that it comes with an unwritten message: Do Not Disturb.
Dogs are no different. When the stress levels rise, or when the busy day demands some down time, they need a den, a cosy corner that they can call their own.
Why the Crate is Great
Many dog owners don’t consider buying a crate. This is a missed opportunity, as crate training sets up a young dog for life. It gives your pet an appropriate sense of territory and personal space, and speeds up toilet training.
A crate also acts as a cosy corner and personal space. It’s important to realise how easily a dog can become uncomfortable in the home. Some are more panicky than others, but all dogs will experience some level of anxiety when unexpected things happen.
This can include loud noises, changes in routine or the sudden arrival of strangers. The brains of dogs and humans alike react to undesirable situations by flooding the body with the “fight or flight” stress hormone cortisol. A constant flood of cortisol has a negative effect on an animal’s health; while opting for “fight” rather than “flight” has obvious hazards all dog owners want to avoid.
A crate provides the “flight” option – somewhere to run to and escape the source of anxiety.
How to Spot the Signs of Stress
Humans communicate stress easily. Dogs do the same, but mainly through body language. Here’s what to look out for:
- The stress yawn – sometimes accompanied with a whine
- Panting for no obvious reason
- “Cringing”, with tail low or tucked between the legs
- Stiff body posture
- Ears pulled and held flat against the head
- Turning away and avoiding eye contact.
Part of the Furniture
The crate alone won’t stop your dog woofing at loud noises and growling at strangers. He will need training sessions too. Without these, he might simply run to the bolt hole and continue to bark.
Combined with training and desensitising, though, a crate can be a real life saver. But that doesn’t alter the fact that a great big cage plonked in the living room isn’t necessarily going to blend in with the rest of your décor.
It was this tension between the necessity of a crate and its intrinsic ugliness that inspired us to design the Fido Nook. It’s a piece of stylish furniture, complete with a wardrobe section for doggy bits and pieces, into which a crate can be placed. With the crate removed, the Fido Nook is still a lovely piece of furniture, and, more importantly, provides a comfy kennel space – your dog’s own special home within the home.
The Fido Nook will de-stress your dog in style. Bolt holes have never looked so good!
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Why Crate Train?
It’s very common for people to assume that crate training is cruel and that dogs don’t like small spaces, but it has been shown that dogs love a calm, safe place that they can rest in and call their own. A dog crate offers a place to train as well as a place to sleep at night. It offers security from loud noises like fireworks and thunder, and a place to snooze after a long and tiring walk.
Crate training is an important process in your dog’s life, and is really helpful with toilet training your dog, so you’ll want to make the experience enjoyable for both you and your pet. The key thing is to make sure that your friend is happy and comfortable in their crate. There are a number of things that you can do to reinforce the idea that this is a nice, safe space for your dog to be in.
Here’s 7 reasons why crate training is important for a new puppy:
Appeals to a dog’s instinctual desire for a den-like structure.
Sets a puppy up for success by reducing wee and poop accidents.
Prepares a pup for handling alone time.
Serves as a time-out device for pups and owners needing breaks.
Discourages and reduces separation anxiety in many cases.
Gets pups used to confinement that may be required at the vet’s, the groomer’s and during car trips.
Contains a pup if he is injured and his mobility must be limited.
Make crate training an enjoyable experience
- Create a positive association with the crate using food and treats. Start feeding your dog near to the crate, and perhaps even put treats in the bedding. This way the idea of food, which is positive, will be associated with the crate.
- Use a blanket. Covering the top of the cage will give it a more solid, den-like appearance, and may make some dogs more comfortable with using it.
- Crate train slowly. You need to be patient with your pet, as this can be a bit of a difficult concept for them to grasp. If you rush training, it’s unlikely to stick, and this can create frustration for the pair of you.
The Fido Studio is perfect when crate training and it so much more than just an indoor dog crate. It’s the perfect compliment to your home and fulfills your dog’s natural instinct to have a den that they can call their own.
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To celebrate the arrival of the new Fido Studio dog crate we have a competition to win a pawsome prize pack worth over $400!!!
The prize pack contains:
The new Fido Studio 24 dog crate with wardrobe and bed, as shown. The Fido Studio dog crate is designed like a piece of contemporary furniture, it is more than just an indoor dog crate. It’s the perfect compliment to your home and fulfills your dog’s natural instinct to have a den that they can call their own. The Fido Studio also brilliantly solves the issue of where to store all of your dog’s accessories. The wardrobe is a versatile and incredibly practical solution for storing your dog’s coat, treats, favourite toy and lead all in one handy place.
Dog shampoo and conditioner by Melanie Newman Salon Essentials. All the shampoo and conditioners by Melanie Newman Salon Essentials are pH balanced, pet friendly, no SLS or parabens, no petro-chemicals and no synthetic perfumes. 100% pure and natural. Trialled and tested in some of Australia’s leading professional grooming salons.
Fish4Dogs Salmon Puppy Food. Fish is great – Protein from fish is easily digested and contains high levels of marine sourced Omega 3 oils helping keep those coats shiny, skin healthy and joints in good condition. For dogs with sensitive stomachs Fish4Dogs is made with simple ingredients making sure our food is not only tasty but hypoallergenic for your dog too. Fish4Dogs Complete Foods contain no artificial colourings and preservatives and are grain free, making it one of the best dry dog foods on the market.
2 dog clothing outfits to keen him or her warm this winter.
Fido Studio Dog Crate Giveaway
Competition Terms and conditions:
- Promotion: Omlet Fido Studio competition
- Promoter: Omlet Australia Pty Ltd, 4/35 Surfview Road, Mona Vale NSW 2103. Tel: 02 81034124. ABN: 68601886846
- Entry: Entrants must be 16 years or over and a resident of Australia. Entry is via the form on the Omlet blog page by answering the set question.
- A condition of entry is that you will be added to the Omlet Australia email newsletter list.
- Entries open at 10am 28th June 2017
- Entries close at midnight on 9th July 2017
- The winner will be drawn at noon on 10th July 2017 at 4/35 Surfview Road, Mona Vale.
- The prize winner will be chosen based on their answer.
- The prize winner will be notified by email on 11th July 2017.
- The details of the prize winner will be published in the Omlet Australia enewsletter and on the Omlet Australia Facebook page
- 1 Prize pack each containing: 1 Fido Studio 24 dog crate with wardrobe & bed (value $274.97), Dog Shampoo and Conditioner from Melanie Newman (value $54.95), 2 1.5 kg bags of Fish4Dogs puppy food (value $49) and 2 dog clothing outfits (value $40). Total prize pack value $418.92.
- If for any reason beyond the Promoter’s control the agreed prize is not available a product of equal or greater value will be provided.
- The Promoter is not responsible for prizes once they have been dispatched to the winner.
- Employees and contractors (and their respective families) of The Promoter (including any group companies) are not eligible to enter.
- No responsibility is accepted for entries which are lost, corrupted, incomplete or for any failure to capture entry information
- Entrants are required to meet the Entry Criteria but otherwise no other purchase is necessary.
- It is the responsibility of entrants to notify the promoter of any change of contact details. Proof of identity may be required.
- No responsibility is accepted for entries which are lost, corrupted, incomplete or for any failure to capture entry information. Use of false details will result in disqualification. The entry must be made by the person entering the competition – entries sent through third parties, agencies or by automated means (such as scripts and macros) will not be accepted.
- The promoter will have the right to publicly disclose the name of the winner(s) and their city/town of residence.
- The prize pack will be sent out by mail to the winner only to an Australian address.
- If the potential winner cannot be contacted or the Prize notification is returned or is undeliverable, such potential winner forfeits all rights to any Prize, and an alternate winner may be selected. An unclaimed Prize may not be awarded. The Prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
- Entry implies acceptance of these terms and conditions as final and binding. Entries which are not in accordance with the terms and conditions will be disqualified.
- Any omission to exercise, or delay in exercising, any right or remedy under these terms and conditions shall not constitute a waiver by the promoter of that, or any other, right or remedy.
- The promoter reserves the right to suspend, cancel or modify the prize draw at any time (and for any reason) without notice.
- The promoter shall not be responsible for damages, losses or liabilities of any kind, including without limitation, direct, indirect or consequential loss or damages arising out of or in relation to the prize draw. Nothing in this condition shall limit or exclude liability for death or personal injury as a result of the promoter’s negligence.
- The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
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