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Hurtta Life Jacket

The buoyancy of this life jacket has been tested by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. An adjustable belt and front allow the life jacket to fit most breeds of dog. The back of the jacket is fitted with sturdy handle by which the dog can be guided in the water or lifted out. A protective underbelly section distributes the dog’s weight over a larger area and keeps the jacket firmly in place. The reflective fabric and 3M reflectors on the back of the jacket provide effective visibility in the dark. The product is designed for use in swimming, water rescue, rehabilitation, boating and hunting. A tag around the neck has space for the owner’s telephone number.

Available in 5 sizes in 3 colors.

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Question: My rescue dog won't go in her crate, what should I do?

Hi -

We just rescued a dog and are trying to crate train her and are in your "foundation phase" of training (in a crate or on lead at all times). The first few times she went into the crate no problems. Now, even treats can't get her inside. She doesn't seem to have a strong den instinct. I started giving her all her food and treats in the crate, but she won't go in when she realizes that I am going to crate her. My question is, how do I get her in the crate? I don't want to physically push her in (she is 40lbs, and I'm not sure that I could physically push her in anyway) as I fear this could make it more stressful on her and make the crate a "bad place" for her. Any suggestions?

Cindy's Answer:

I believe that you need to physically place her in the crate. Pick her up and put her in if you have to. Make sure you are without emotion and don't get into a power struggle here.

After finding out that 1) all food and goodies come in the crate and 2) you aren't going to cave in and let her initial resistance change the outcome it should get better.

Her behavior is pretty typical of a dog that hasn't been crate trained as a puppy.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes


Cindy -

Thanks so much! I followed your instructions and also rearranged my 2 dog crates so that they were side by side (instead of in separate rooms), then I started always putting my other dog in the crate first and using their favorite treats only when I put them in the crate. Three days later she goes straight into the crate as soon as she sees me reaching for her treat bag. So exciting! Thanks so much for your help.

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On Leerburg's Silver Shade Mesh Tarp

  I purchased one of the silver shade mesh tarps in size 10 X 14ft. It is INCREDIBLE! I took my dog to a trial, and we had to park in the full sun, middle of summer. My dogs were in the crates in the car with no fans. I have to tell you, after I put the tarp on the SUV, it stayed amazingly COOL. It was so cool in the car, I was amazed. The dogs and I were both comfortable throughout the whole day. IT WORKS! If you have any apprehension about buying this for your crates or car, do not worry, it does what it says it does, keeps the car cool. It is worth EVERY bit of the cost. It has become an indispensible item when traveling with dogs.
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