(Pet Carrier) by Richard Martinez |Last updated 12-15-2021
Being a dog lover it is obvious that you always want to have your furry friend beside you all the time.
Your small cute dog can be accompanying you to the mall, coffee shop, grocery store, etc. Also, if you travel frequently or planning to go on a vacation with your dog, you want him to be comfortable while traveling with you.
To make this happen, you just need something to carry your pet which keeps him safe while traveling, for that a pet carrier is a useful thing that makes your little pooch to sit in and make it easy for you to carry him along with you wherever you go.
It is always beneficial to use pet carriers that provide a safe and reassuring environment. Although there are several other advantages for you and your dog using a dog carrier such as:
Though a pet carrier has several benefits, providing a dog carrier to your dog and introducing positively is challenging. Usually, dogs are naturally inclined to seek out a “Den”, which they find a safe place to sleep and shelter. If you want a carrier becomes a haven for your pet to shelter when they feel the need for comfort or security then it is important to make sure you introduce it gradually and gently to your dog.
There are so many types of dog carriers available in the market that are extremely handy for pet owners who need to take their little friend on long trips.
To make your pet feel secure and comfortable it is important to choose a suitable dog carrier. Considering the different styles and designs of pet carrier available in the market there are some parameters that you should consider while choosing a luxury pet carrier, these are:
You first need to measure the height and length of your dog to select the correct carrier size, the carrier which you are choosing should be larger enough for him so that your dog can easily turn around and to curl up or stretch out when lying down.
Dog’s carrier comes in a variety of styles and it is vital to choose the type of carrier that suits your dog. Buying a good designer dog carrier is a long-term investment hence, it is also important to consider the design of the dog carrier that has the proper support structure to protect your pet.
In case you are traveling in your car with your puppy, there are chances of an accident if you have left your dog roaming around in your vehicle, or your dog can get seriously injured or injure others if they get airborne. To hold your dog in a comfortable dog carrier might be the way to go when it comes to car safety for dogs.
Here are five steps that you can try with your dog when introducing a pet carrier. Don't rush the process if your dog acts anxious. Extra treats, a soothing voice and lots of praise will help your dog overcome any hesitation and anxiety on his part.
Put the carrier in the place where your dog goes to rest and spend most of the time to encourage house training. The carrier training can take days or weeks, depending on your dog’s age, temperament, and experience. The pet carrier is always associated with something pleasant, with the carrier’s door open spend some time with your pet near the carrier, and help him to gradually become accustomed to it. Let your pet explore the carrier without hovering over him.
When gradually your dog becomes used to seeing the pet carrier, encourage your dog to enter the carrier, try to stimulate your dog’s mind by dropping food and toys. Try to put some treats inside the pet carrier to build your dog’s interest or place a favorite toy especially tempting chew toy inside the carrier. If the dog refuses to go all the way inside at first, that’s okay; don’t force him to enter.
You can continue tossing treats into the pet carrier until your dog will walk calmly into the carrier to get to play and have the food.
As your pet seems comfortable spending time inside the carrier, try to feeding him when he is inside it. When your dog becomes confident enough to go inside the carrier, start calling your dog over to it for a treat. When your dog goes in, say “in” and praise him for as long as he’s in the carrier and when he comes out, toss in another treat and repeat.
Gradually start closing the door and locking it before giving your dog a treat. Once he’s eaten the treat, open the carrier’s door and let the dog come out and repeat. Now, increase the amount of time the door stays shut. If your dog stays calm while the door shut, give him more treats or if he seems upset or tries to get out, do not give him treat and try again with less time in the carrier.
Once your dog learns that a closed carrier door is okay, try picking up the carrier gently and keep dropping a treat into the carrier every few seconds and walk around in your home or backyard with him inside. This will help get your dog to get used to the motion.
Alternately, if your pet carrier is on wheels, push your dog around inside and outside and see how he reacts to the motion.
Traveling with your pet, especially when you have to go by car or plane is another challenge because your pet might become fearful of people and things that aren’t part of their everyday life. Before planning a long trip, get your dog comfortable traveling around people inside the carrier and to do that take your dog on short trips.
You can take your dog to fun places like the park, the streets near your house, mall, or any other public place using the pet carrier. When you plan to take your dog on a plane, you should take them on a car ride in the carrier first. The car ride will help your dog to get used to engine noise and motion.
Using a dog crate correctly is very important, there are so many benefits of giving crate training to your puppy but there are some times and ways that you should not crate your dog.
The times when people misuse a crate have no benefits to them and can be led to lessening their quality of life.
There are the times a dog shouldn’t be crated for psychological or medical reasons
By using tips of introducing a carrier to your pet as mentioned above you can make a positive experience for you and your dog. Understanding the need for a pet carrier is just a first step, you need to make sure to do extensive research before introducing your dog to the carrier.
The above ways can surely help you introducing a carrier to your dog and help your pet to reduce the anxiety and feel safe while traveling in the carrier. Also, with a crate training your dog will surely begin to find comfort in the dog caret.
Richard Martinez is a writer and a pet lover who loves to share different and new stories among his readers. He is an enthusiastic person.