The question of whether to close the dog in a cage always causes an ambiguous reaction. Opponents of the cells are outraged that the freedom of the animal is limited and, being locked up, the pet gets a lot of stress, affecting its psyche.
Recently, however, the number of people belonging to the cell positively, every year becomes more and more.
Let’s see if the cell is bad or good?
In nature, some breeders keep their dogs only in cages, not letting them out from there for years not only a warm-up but also cope with natural needs. Continuously getting puppies, which they sell cheaply, such people treat dogs like a car for making money. And poor animals spend their whole lives in a confined space, swimming in their stool.
Of course, such content in the cell is undoubtedly evil. Therefore, the conversation today is not about them.
A normal pet owner, who selflessly loves his dog, can also lock him in a cage while he is away. It is done primarily for the sake of dog safety and, as a rule, does not take more than 5-6 hours.
If being in a cage is required for a longer period of time, it is better to consider other options to secure the dog.
What is a cage for?
Most often, the pet is locked up for the following reasons:
The conclusion from all of the above suggests itself: if a cell plays the role of not a permanent residence, but a temporary shelter, then it is certainly a blessing, not an evil.
What are dog cages?
How do you imagine a dog cage? In the imagination of an ordinary person dog cage looks like a huge box that stands in the room takes up a lot of space. It is not. The most popular cell type is metal cages for dogs. Why are they so popular, well, first, such cages for dogs highly inexpensively are standing.
Secondly, metal cages for dogs very durable and able to withstand the onslaught of even huge dogs. Metal cages for dogs usually consist of the cage itself, a plastic pallet that replaces your pet’s floor. Sometimes a plastic mesh is installed over the plastic pallet, forming raised floor in a cage.
But there are other cells that are not created for keeping your pet in them in everyday life but to facilitate their fate during the travels of the host.
Such cells are called "Dog carrier cages". Let’s say there is Suitcases or cell backpacks, which are comfortable to wear during a transplant with one vehicle on the other. If you have a big or big dog, that cage for large dogs can be equipped with unique wheels to make your big hairy friend more natural roll at the station or before the plane.
Such cells serve Not the only house for your his pet, but also protect it from rain and heat. These cells are more expensive than everyone else, but they justify their price, they are straightforward and quick to assemble and understand and are irreplaceable on long exhibitions and competitions.
How to choose the right cell?
Choosing a cage, pay attention to the convenience of its transportation. Most metal products are folded into a small compact case that can be carried in hand. The plastic container, although it has less weight, is only decomposed into two halves, resembling a tortoise shell, and which are not very convenient to carry.
Cell dimensions should be such that pet could easily stand in her to his full height, lie on his side, stretching out his paws, or stretch himself.
Cover the bottom of the cage a little mattress or warm blanket, folded several times. So you will save your pet from blisters formed by contact with a solid surface, and allow you to relax with great comfort.
Using in a crowded place or on nature a metal cage, cover it with an opaque cloth on top. It will save the pet from drafts and give him a sense of security.
Try not to leave in a cage drinking bowl or food. The dog may turn over the bowls, and it will have to lie on a wet or dirty mattress.
Do not leave a dog in a cage for a long time. At least every 6-7 hours the animal needs to walk, stretch, stretch the bones.
Teach your puppy to cage gradually. Leave the door open all the time, put your favorite toy or baby’s cheek into it. Looking first in a cage out of curiosity, he soon appreciates the full benefits of being in it.
Most dogs are happy to spend time in cozy closed space, resembling the lair of distant ancestors closed from wind and rain. According to the testimony of pet owners, especially those with several dogs, serious brawls are often played out for the right to own a cage, and the cozy place that the winner got is the subject of burning envy of other pets.
How to choose the size of the cage for the dog?
Correctly pick up the cage for the dog. It is essential because your pet can spend a lot of time in it, for example, when traveling or traveling around the country, but we’ll talk about this a little later. So, what an adequately selected cell should look like. In the correct cage, the dog can calmly change its position, can sit without touching the ceiling, can stand upright and can lie stretched out in length.
It looks like this properly selected dog cage. As you understand, such a structure will take up a lot of space in an apartment, especially if you have a large dog. But remember that a very spacious cage can even be dangerous for your pet, especially when it comes to traveling or flying on an airplane.
Now let’s define the size of the cage for the dog. So, how long should a cage be? If you have such a large dog as St. Bernard, the length of the cage comfortable for it is about 140 centimeters, about 70 centimeters high, and 60 centimeters wide. In such a cage, this large dog will feel comfortable.
Accordingly, if your dog is about the size of a St. Bernard, then he needs to pick up just such a cage. For a dog like the German Shepherd, a cage 120 centimeters long, 50 centimeters high and 40-50 centimeters wide will suit. The same cage is suitable for Doberman, Dalmatian, and similar dogs.
For a bull terrier, a cage 90 centimeters long and 40–50 centimeters high and 40 centimeters wide is needed. This cage is suitable for chow and bulldog. Actually, for other dogs, cage sizes are selected by analogy.
How to teach a dog to cage?
To accustom the dog to the cage, it should be from puppyhood, if you already have an adult dog that never knew what a cage is, and you suddenly decided to stick it there, then for a dog, this can be just a huge shock and lead to stress. You should do this with your pet only when necessary, for example, during an urgent move.
Start training to the cell is to learn simple commands, which you must repeat every time you carry your pet to sleep or when you feed your pet. In a cage need to fasten on hooks a bowl for food and water, and feed the pet only in this place. Gradually, your pet will understand that this is it’s a house, and will meekly remain in the cage.
If you have closed the puppy in a cage, and he whines and asks out, does not give in to provocation, if he realizes that he can get what he wants from you, all your education will go to waste. Teach your puppy to cage systematically, the first close for short periods, then these intervals should become longer, and never use the cage as a punishment for the puppy, it can negatively affect the puppy’s attitude to the cage.
As you see, there is nothing wrong with the dog cage. The harm they do not bring, but rather make your life with a dog more comfortable. It is clear that if there is no such need, then there is no need to buy or make a cage for your pet. If you live in a private house, and your dog lives in a separate booth, it is better to start raising your pet than to put him in a cage.