I have a dog crate I haven't used in ten years. It is in pretty good condition except for a few little rust spots on the wire part. My problem is the floor of the crate where my previous dog must have scratched it is pretty rusty (5 inch diameter spot is the worst). Should I worry about it or has anyone spray painted a crate before? I have a week until I bring the new puppy home.
As long as there are no cracks in the tray and the rust spot is cleaned and smooth so he/she wont cut their pads, I wouldnt be too concerned. The pet supply catalogs do sell replacement trays if you want to go that way.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
I would just spray paint that floor, about 3 times, to help it from progressing so quickly. I would then use a plasticated pad to put under the pupp's blanket, to save the floor getting wet. Just an idea, good luck with the new dog, what breed is it?
She is an Australian Shepherd we are getting from a breeder who does agility and obedience. We had a corgi and an English Springer Spaniel a long time ago. The corgi we had to find a home for because he was too skiddish around little kids and we had to put the ESS down because he went into a rage around my then two year old daughter. My husband is not looking forward to getting another dog. Our kids are older now and I think I will have more patience now and I have read a lot of books. I am going to enroll her in a puppy class. Needless to say I feel like this is my last chance to have a good dog.
Rusty had just turned 3, but this had been going on for over a year. It started out as just an isolated incident, but was increasing in frequency before we had to put him down. We even spent time with a behaviorist that I liked. I just couldn't put him in another home knowing what he had done.
I am planning on doing a lot of walking and also try finding an agility class when she is the right age. I have read Cesear Milan's book, a couple Monks of New Skete books, Smart puppy book and I am currently reading How to Behave so Your Dog Behaves. Any other suggestions?
Just remeber alot of excersize. I breed mini aussies, and had the bigger ones for 15yrs. I wouldn't trade them for the world. I am not sure how old your kids are, but aussies do have a tendency to nip at childerns heels. even an occassional adult. It is their herding instinct. They need very firm training, and don't let them get away with anything. They are also very smart, so they can get board with the same thing over and over again. It took me 2days to teach my 6month old puppy to sit.
I am going to open a can of worms here, but sorry to anyone I offend.
Not all do well with the petsmart way of traing. Positive re-enforcement is great, but teach the dog the word "NO". and be stern with the word, not sweet. I have 4 mini's, 3 did great with the positive, My youngest girl is to smart for it. Hold a treat in front of her nose, she will never sit (my petsmart trainer tried and gave up, laughing afterwords). I have to push her butt down and say good sit, I had to show her down the same way. She also DEFINATLY knows how to get in and out of trouble lol. She learned how to open the trash can, get what she wanted, throw away what is left. I hadn't a clue til I caught her lol. Have a blast with you new baby, and just use rustoluem on that rust in the crate. It worked great for me.