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Water in crates

How do you deal with water that accumulates in your crates when doing water training? I can easily have a pint to a quart or more of water in the crate tray by the end of half a day of training. Water has to be dumped before I drive away or it sloshes al over the truck and the tray has to be cleaned when I get home or I have bad smells and mosquitoes in the truck the next day. I want to switch to better crates such as Ruff Tuff but see no way to conveniently keep them clean and dry. Crates are securely tied down and not moveable. Maybe I can cut a slot in the front of the ruff tuff kennel so I can put in a tray. Any suggestions? Jim
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towel the dog off before putting back into the crate...after water work, I throw fun bumpers on land as the running also helps the dog shed quite a bit of water & then followed by a quick towel dry


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Towel in the crate will soak up the water. Or, stake out the dog after swimming.

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Yup - I do the same. Towel off, then let her either run around and dry out a bit, or stake her out if she can't safely run around (obviously in my full sight). In the summer, I also put a towel in the crate for rest times between training swims - but then I switch it out for a new, dry one for the drive home.

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I would like to share this with you. When I have put a wet dog in a crate and he was in there for maybe a two hour ride home, the dog got cold tail. Now I try to get the dog as dry as possible.
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I would like to share this with you. When I have put a wet dog in a crate and he was in there for maybe a two hour ride home, the dog got cold tail. Now I try to get the dog as dry as possible.
That's a good point. Shala got cold tail (dead tail) after a long day of diving and swimming and then a long drive home. It then happened again a short time later. Good advice given to me after that was to make sure the dog is dried off and has a good 20 minutes of just walking around and "warming up" before crating them for a long trip home. I do that now, and she has never had dead tail again.

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Put the dog on a tie out for a little while to let most of the excess water drain off. Nothing good comes of putting a dripping wet dog in a crate.

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That's a good point. Shala got cold tail (dead tail) after a long day of diving and swimming and then a long drive home. It then happened again a short time later. Good advice given to me after that was to make sure the dog is dried off and has a good 20 minutes of just walking around and "warming up" before crating them for a long trip home. I do that now, and she has never had dead tail again.
Even damp is no good. Dry the dog as best you can, a little exercise, and fluff the hair is what I do. I actually had a problem with both Buffy and Thor. Even 20 minutes was not enough drying/exercise time. I had worked Thor at a duck shoot in November. He had several retrieves that got him wet. Remembering what happened to Buffy, I toweled him off and gave him a walk with several happy bumpers. Two hour ride home (OK, I had to stop for a snack) and when I let him out he had cold tail. And it was painful. He did not want me to touch him.
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I dry off with towel and leaving out of crate as long as possible. One dog is on kennel deck with Primo pad on top in my Ruff Tuff crate. The other hates the deck so she is just on the Primo pad both ways keep them from laying in water and I mop the water that accumulates the gutters of the crate with towel when I get home.

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Even damp is no good. Dry the dog as best you can, a little exercise, and fluff the hair is what I do. I actually had a problem with both Buffy and Thor. Even 20 minutes was not enough drying/exercise time. I had worked Thor at a duck shoot in November. He had several retrieves that got him wet. Remembering what happened to Buffy, I toweled him off and gave him a walk with several happy bumpers. Two hour ride home (OK, I had to stop for a snack) and when I let him out he had cold tail. And it was painful. He did not want me to touch him.
Oh, yes. The 20 minutes is AFTER a thorough towelling off when she's almost entirely dry.

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