No matter what kind of pet you have, if you will use a crate for containment at home and in your vehicle, introducing the pet to staying in the crate is critical. If you do it right, your pet will have a good impression of his crate as a safe place to stay. If you do it wrong, your pet may always be suspicious of the crate, making it much more difficult for you to use and for the pet to accept.
Ideally, your pet will be introduced to his first crate when he is still with his mother and littermates. [...]
No live animals as gifts for the holidays?
What can I give to my fellow pet lovers?
Training classes at a local business you’ve checked out ahead of time
Books, DVDs, magazine subscriptions—for adults and for children
Visits to a local zoo or wildlife rescue with photos of the fun you have
Dogs—beds, bowls, leashes, collars or harnesses, crates, toys
Cats—beds, bowls, scratching posts, climbing trees, litter boxes
Ferrets—cage accessories, beds, hammocks, tubes and tunnels
Birds—cage accessories, perches, chew toys, interactive toys
Treats—seasonal, home-made, mixes, cookie cutters, containers
Food—supplements, frozen raw, canned, kibble, special mixes
Care—grooming equipment, trip to the groomer, grooming products
Kids—walking well-behaved dog, drop-in visits during owner’s [...]
First and foremost, your pet should have a microchip—it’s the only ID that can’t be lost. (Tattoos were used by breeders and rescues before microchips became widely available, but they’re used very rarely now that microchips are so popular and easy to get.) Once microchipped, your pet can be identified by any veterinary clinic or animal control officer with a microchip reader. Your job is to update the information on file with your pet’s microchip registry if you move or get a new phone number. In most areas, if your pet is lost, with a microchip she can be identified . . . eventually. [...]