A large iron cage, and in it sits a dog – a puppy or several small dogs. Sad eyes through the bars look at the world. Let’s turn this picture over and look at the other side. Torn furniture, ruined apartment – a month after repair , spoiled vacation – because the dog has nowhere to leave.
Long since many “dog” ancestors instead of freedom in an open field were quietly settled in a den (often alien), where they felt safe. Very similar to the cage, right?
By the way, very many “dog” professionals believe that life in a cage is suitable for establishing a particular “bridge” between the owner and a dog. What is the dog out of the cage for? Play with the owner. Who releases her? Master. The dog comes out of the cage to eat, and who puts her a bowl? Again – the master. Perhaps there is a rational grain. But as in everything, it is necessary to know the measure and not to overdo it, so as not to make the dog worse. Here are some rules on cell selection and dog habituation.
Most cells are made of thick wire or plastic. The wire cages are folded up and can be carried in your hand like a suitcase. They are certainly the most reliable, but also the most difficult. Plastic cells are much more bulky, although not very heavy. There are also cages of durable tissue, but they are sufficiently reliable only for those dogs that are accustomed to cages from early childhood and are located in them most of the time. Such cells are easy to assemble and carry. Some craftsmen sew thick fabric from the inside with a metallic mesh. Of course, for long journeys, such cells are convenient and easy because they weigh a little.
Cells come in different sizes. Choose a cage so that the dog can stand in it and turn around, settling down comfortably. The larger the cell – within reasonable limits, of course – the better.
Put a mattress or a blanket several times folded on the bottom of the cage that can be easily washed. If you have a puppy, it is better to have 2-3 spare mattresses. But adult dogs sometimes protest. I witnessed this when my almost one-year-old bitch (through my fault) made a puddle on a mattress in a cage. Naturally, I released it from there and, putting a dry litter, sent it back to the cage. What was my surprise when she right before my eyes again made a puddle. It was repeated for almost two days. So we needed dry litter in large quantities.
Often metal cages are equipped with particular metal or plastic pallets. The tray is necessary so that at some event (the puppy will not stand or something will spill) most of the liquid goes into the tray. You can also put an absorbent cloth in the tray.
If you are using a metal cage, it is helpful to cover it with a light opaque cloth or cover on top. So the dog will feel calmer. And, of course, you will save it’s from drafts.
Do not leave bowls in a cage (unless they are equipped with a unique mount) – they only take up space and can easily tip over.
It is best to teach the dog to the cage gradually. If you allow your puppy to get acquainted with it, get used to it, leaving the door open and putting your favorite toy inside, the dog will almost immediately consider the cage his home. Very nice to start feeding the dog, placing a bowl in her cage. The most common mistake is to punish a dog by locking it in a cage. So you can not do! Only positive emotions should be associated with being in a dog’s cage. If a dog dragged a thing into a cage, never take it away – this is the prey that should be in its lair. The easiest way is to open the cage, call the dog out and pick up the thing from the dog’s mouth or its cage.
Keep your cage in one or two of your dog’s favorite toys. So that the toys do not bother, periodically change them to new ones (well forgotten old ones can be). In a month, your pet will be pleased to see them again and will play with them with pleasure.
Never leave a dog locked in a cage for more than a few hours if it cannot go out, warm up, play, or drink water.
The cage can also be used to teach the dog to cleanliness. A puppy will never get dirty in its cage but will wait patiently until it is released outside. Literally, in the first days, he will learn to ask "outside." Releasing the dog from the cage, you can immediately take it to walk. Thus, the use of cells will save you from the extra puddles in the apartment. If you put a puppy in a cage, do not leave it in a cage for more than 2-3 hours.
If the dog has started to whine or howl in a cage, wait a while, let the dog calm down, shut up, and only then let it out of the cage. Otherwise, it may have a bad habit of howling to catch your attention.
Remember that traveling to almost any hotel in the world will not be denied a settlement if your pet is in a cage. You can quickly leave the dog in the hotel room and go to a restaurant or the beach, knowing that the furniture in the room will not be damaged, the door will be scratched and you will not be billed. And when you return, you will see that your pet is most likely sleeping sweetly. In this case, the dog, of course, will not be very stressed, because it is in his house.
And yet – perhaps this is a warning: do not let strangers (their own for the dog are only members of the family-flocks, and all the other "strangers") to approach the cage or put their hands through the bars inside. It applies primarily to small children. Many dogs are against such an invasion, and one who has encroached or tried to penetrate her "house" can be punished – this must be explained to his friends. And you can let the dog out of the cage, then she, being in some way on someone else’s territory, will be more supportive and not aggressive.
Let’s sum up. A cage is a place where no one will interfere with the dog, and it will not interfere with anyone. You will never step on a dog, do not pinch a puppy by the door of a paw; you will not shout and punish a dog that continually plays pranks or gets under your feet. Remember that a dog cage is not a prison, but rather a den, a resting place, and as every teenager’s dream is a separate room. It gives the dog a sense of peace and security in any situation.