The Benefits Of A Dog Cage
Benefits Of A Dog Cage:
1) You Can Control Your Pet’s Environment
You can control your pet’s environment when they are inside their cage. You can make sure that they have fresh water, food, toys and other things that will keep them happy. You can even leave your pet alone if you want.
2) They Will Be More Comfortable When Not Caged
If you decide to take your pet out of their cage, they will probably feel a little uncomfortable. However, with time, they will get used to it and become accustomed to being outside. If you are going to do it regularly, then they might start getting bored with it or even hate it. So make sure that you don’t overdo it!
3) They Will Learn To Play With Their Toys And Other Things Outside
They will learn to play with their toys and other things outside when they are outside. Some people like to let their pets run around freely, but others prefer to restrain them so that they won’t hurt themselves or each other. Whatever you choose, make sure that you supervise it! If you don’t, then your pet could get into trouble.
Is Crate Training Dogs Good Or Bad?
Dogs Naturally Den:
Dogs are naturally dens. They like to have safe places that they can retreat into when they feel scared or insecure. This explains why some dogs like to sleep under the beds or sofas. It is their way of hiding and staying away from harm. When pet owners crate train, it gives their pets a place where they can seek security and comfort.
When dogs finally get out of their cages, they will feel relieved and happy.
Safe Place To Sleep:
Some animals may also use their cages as a place to sleep especially if they are inside the house. It is a cozy and safe place for them to catch some Z’s. If you have a pet that loves to sleep all day, then you can put them inside their cages and leave them there to do their “thing”.
When Dogs Are Crated, They Feel Safe:
When dogs are crated, they feel safe. This is true especially if they are inside the house. However, they still need to be trained so that they won’t mess up your house too much. If you crate train them properly, then they will only have the urge to eliminate in their own “rooms”.
Is Crate Training Cruel?
Dogs Are Denning Creatures:
Some people might say that it is cruel to cage a pet, but dogs are denning creatures by instinct. They seek out small places to sleep and stay in. This is why some dogs like to sleep under the beds and couches. There are also dog breeds that naturally like to burrow. These types of pets would dig and make their own underground dens if they could.
This means that they should not be left out in the open. If you don’t cage them, they can get into trouble or get lost.
Dogs Need Supervision:
If you are truly worried about your dog’s well-being, then you need to provide it with proper supervision and guidance. It may be necessary to crate train your dogs so that you can have easier control over them. Dogs that are left to their own devices will not learn good behavior. This can be avoided if proper training is done at an early age.
Why Do Dogs Destroy Things?
Some dog owners believe that dogs like to destroy things because they have “bad” characters. Others think that their pets are just “baaad”, especially when they chew up their things or soil the house. However, this is not the case for all of them. Some dogs just need to let out some energy, while others may not have been taught the right things to chew on and eliminate on. If you crate train them at an early age, they will learn good habits.
Will Crate Training Ruin My Dog’s Potential?
Some people believe that if you cage your dog, then it will be stunted in its growth both physically and mentally. This is simply not true. Dogs are social animals. This means that they like the companionship of their owners. If you spend time with your pets and take them out of their cages to play and interact, then they will grow just fine. If anything they might be even better than if they have had free reign over the house.
When Should I Start Crate Training?
The best time to start crate training is when your pet is a puppy. The younger the dog is, the easier it is to train them. Take note that you don’t have to wait until your pet is fully grown to cage train them. However, you will need to spend more time in ensuring that they are fully crate trained.
Year Old Dogs Are Better Able To Handle Crating:
On average, dogs at least six months old can be fully crate trained. However, some breeds may be able to survive the rigors of crating at an earlier age. Smaller dogs tend to be more resilient than their larger dog counterparts. These dogs include the likes of chihuahuas and dachshunds. However, some very small dog breeds aren’t able to handle crating as well.
This includes dogs like the miniature pinscher that may suffer from a lack of air in an enclosed space.
If you have a puppy, then you will need to keep them in the crate for around three to four hours when they are young. Once they are used to this, you can slowly increase the time that they are confined in there. By the time they reach six months of age, you should be able to leave them for around eight hours straight.
What You’ll Need To Get Started:
You will obviously need a crate for your pet. While these can vary in size, get one that is probably going to be too big for your pet to move around in at first. You can always exchange it for one that is smaller when your pet grows bigger.
A big selection of crates can be found on Amazon.
You will also need a lot of patience and some treats to get your dog to enter the crate without balking. Most dogs will be wary of their crates at first so you will have to show them that they won’t be harmed when inside.
Make sure that you place the crate in an area of your home where there is a lot of activity. This will help in getting your dog used to being in there while still allowing them to be in the same vicinity as you.
If you spend enough time playing with your pet inside the crate, they should eventually enter it on their own accord.
How To Crate Train A Dog: Once you have your dog’s home, it is time to introduce them to the crate. The following steps should help with this process:
1. Have The Crate In An Active Area: As mentioned, it is important to have the crate in an area where there is a lot of activity going on.
This will help your dog get used to the fact that they are not being punished and are actually quite safe in their crate.
2. Feed The Dog In Their Crate: If you are feeding the dog in a certain bowl, then move this bowl into their crate.
This will not only prevent them from losing their bowl but it will also allow them to become familiar with the idea of going into the crate after they have eaten.
3. Throw Treats In The Crate: Once the dog is used to going into the crate after they have eaten, you can start tossing small treats into the crate while commanding the dog to enter after them.
This will reinforce the idea that good things happen in there.
4. Introduce The Command Word: After the previous step has become routine, you can introduce the command word that you want to use when telling the dog to get inside.
Some popular options are “kennel up” or “bed.” It is important to reiterate that this command should only be used when you want them to enter the crate and nothing else. We wouldn’t want them to start going to the bathroom inside or getting scared and staying away from it altogether.
5. Give The Command Word And Reward Success: Eventually, your dog should enter the crate when you give the command.
At this time, you should offer plenty of praise and even a treat to reinforce the behavior. At this point, your dog should be entering the crate on their own accord whenever you tell them to without any fear or hesitation. It is important that you do not force your pet inside when they don’t want to go. Instead, try again later after some time has passed.
One of the most important things you can do when it comes to training is to stay positive. While it may seem like your dog isn’t learning anything, they are actually picking up on what you expect from them and how you react to them in certain situations. With this in mind, make sure to avoid saying things like “get out of the way” or “stop barking” in a hostile tone when they are inside their crates. This will just make your dog want to avoid going into their crate altogether.
If you have multiple crates, make sure that you rotate them so that they all get a turn inside and out throughout the day. This is important especially if you have a large dog breed since they need room to move around and stretch.
As your pet becomes more accustomed to their kennel, you can start restricting them from using it during certain times of the day such as when guests come over.
It is important to note that there will be times when you need to keep your dog in their crates even if they act like world class actors and gorgeous creatures that only want to spend all their time with their loving owner. There may be times where you will need to leave them home alone for several hours at a time or when you have guests over at your house. It is also important to keep in mind that your pet is not a human and does not think like one. They do not feel guilt or remorse the way that we do. In their minds, if they are able to get out of their crates, then it is perfectly reasonable that they take advantage of that.
This is why it is important to only let them out if they have been good and calm for a while. If you have guests over at your house, then you should put your dog in their crates and wait at least half an hour before letting them out again. This will give them time to calm down and realize that acting out probably won’t get them what they want. This will also prevent any accidents from occurring such as chewing, biting, or barking.
If you do happen to have an accident in the house, then by all means clean it up and make sure your dog understands that this is not acceptable behavior. Dogs, like children, do not like having a bad experience in a certain area of the house. This may mean blocking off an area for them or making them stay in their crates if you have guests over.
Traditionally, dog crates are made of metal and have a door at the front and the side. These are incredibly sturdy and can be folded up when not in use. They can also be stacked on top of one another which is great if you have limited space. There are also plastic airline approved dog crates which are a great alternative if you need to fly with your pet and want to keep them secured under your seat as well. These are more expensive, but they do serve a greater purpose if you travel by plane with your pet on a regular basis.
There are many ways that you can go about housetraining your dog. One of the most important factors is going to be patience. Unless you are planning on taking your pet outside every half hour then it is going to take some time for them to learn when they need to go out.
There are dog trainers who will suggest using a bell to let your dog know when it is okay to go outside.
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