What if your new puppy has an accident in his crate/kennel while you were housetraining training him, now he and his kennel are covered in mess! Time to bathe your puppy and clean the kennel thoroughly, it is his bed after all.
If you use a large kennel run for your dog to relieve himself in your yard you need to clean it up daily or your dog will be stepping in his own mess and worse: tracking it in your house for you to step in! Besides, you want to provide sanitary home for your dog. Feces can spread bacteria and parasites. Whether you are cleaning a small kennel or a big one there are some practical steps you can take to make sure it is done well.
Most dog do not like to be housed in their own filth, some however seem to not mind so much, which can be a problem if they step, roll, or otherwise become covered in their own waste. Even if your dog doesn't have an accident or use his kennel as a bathroom area, you will want to ensure it says clean of hair and dirt so it is a nice clean home for your dog to enjoy.
Do not use ammonia cleaners in kennels as the smell is similar to urine and can cause your dog to urinate in his kennel.
Make sure disinfecting solutions are completely rinsed off as they can damage materials on your kennel if residue is left. If residue gets on your dog's paws, it can make him sick when licked off.
Be sure to disinfect all items in a kennel as bacteria and fungus can grow on soiled items.
Disinfect walls of the kennel as well as the floor, especially if kennels are used by multiple dogs, to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria that can cause disease.
We bought a secondhand wooden dog crate and I'm not sure how to go about cleaning it. What is the best solution to use on wood and how can I be sure the crate is clean enough for such a young puppy?
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