It looks like a cage in the eyes of a dog. It is not a place of imprisonment, but a private rest corner, as in a teenager – a separate room. Pay attention – where does your pet like to lie down? Behind the chair, under the table. It is the intuitive choice, the satisfaction of the unconditioned reflex of the “lair”. A plastic or metal construction with rods gives peace and a sense of security if the puppy has an adequate attitude. Some owners cover the shelter with an opaque cloth, a cover – it turns out quite safe.
Why do I need a cage?
- To teach the puppy to cleanliness: here he does not get dirty, he will wait for the door to be opened. Having taken out of the cage immediately to the street for a walk, the owner will fix the reflex and relieve himself of puddles in the apartment. Habituation occurs faster. Only experts advise not to leave the dog closed for more than three hours.
- To protect furniture, sofas in the absence of the owner – the most expensive product will be cheaper than restoring a home order. A puppy can eat something inedible in the absence of the owner from boredom – the consequences are unpredictable. The cage will restrict excess freedom and protect against potential hazards.
- For the organization of the personal space of the dog, the shelter saves from annoying children who have raided the noisy guests. Children are told that the cage is not a place to play, but a separate room of a puppy. His rights must be respected if he does not wish to communicate. In this case, the owner can disturb the animal at any time and stop the slightest manifestation of aggression about this.
Indispensable on a car trip, the dog feels calmer in a limited space. The owner knows that the pet will not suddenly jump out onto the road during the stop. In the hotel room, the dog will not chew furniture, will not touch the door, but will quietly wait for the owner in the common space. Cages for dogs are used at exhibitions, field trials, in veterinary clinics. At the same time, everyone – dogs, owners, veterinarians – feel more comfortable, safer.
Which model to choose?
Plastic advises for air travel. In everyday life, metal with steel bars — painted, galvanized, and chrome-plated — have proven themselves well. The bottom in products is a plastic or washable metal tray, sometimes with a false one. Manufacturers offer to fold, collapsible models. They easily gather, at the same time spontaneous folding is excluded. One or a couple of doors are locked with secure locks.
Dimensions remain the subject of disputes – some dog owners propose to acquire a cage according to the size of a puppy. Pet should be comfortable to stand up to full height, turn around, sit back. The house will have to be replaced as it grows. Some owners of dogs choose a large model at once – for reasons of economy. It is noticed that a puppy in a small cage does not “stain”, taking it as a personal refuge. In a spacious room, he does not have a similar sensation. The compromise solution is the dividing partition: it is moved as the dog grows.
For the comfort of a pet, bedding and toys are placed on the floor. They teach them gradually, leaving the door open at first. It is important never to use the cell as a tool of punishment.