After you met with a bunch of possible dog-related crimes and already ten times regretted your decision to start a dog, wandering through the canine sultry desert, you finally came across an oasis. And this oasis is called a dog cage.
Before going further, answer a few questions:
You do not have time to raise a dog?
Do you leave a puppy almost all day alone?
You have small children and you need to protect those and others from those and others?
Does your puppy nibble on things and furniture?
Are his pools ruining your carpets?
After you leave, does the dog start tyrannizing the household?
Do you need to go somewhere with the dog?
If you answered at least one of the questions in the affirmative, then this is for you.
How do we treat the cage for your dog?
Here is a typical situation. When you recommend to some owner, complaining about the destructive behavior of his dog, leave it for the time of care in a cage, in response, with small options, you hear the following: "What do you mean? It is inhuman! I will never cage my dog! ".
For some reason we forget that the apartment for the dog is the same cage, a little bit more. The dog in the apartment also experiences sensory (sensory, sensitive stimuli), informational, motor, play deficiency and, perhaps, a bunch of some needs, like in a cage. A flat for a dog should serve as a booth (like a cage). the dog comes there to rest. But this is with the right content, when the dog gets tired on walks. And, since we often walk not for the dog, but for ourselves: "if only she would do something", here we turn an apartment into a stadium or a square. This is me to the fact that the cage, with proper maintenance of the dog, is no worse than your apartment, the leash, with which we, when leaving, bind the dog to the battery, or the balcony, to which we expel it. Cell. It is a booth in a booth (from the point of view of a person).
If you are against a cage, then you like to punish your dog. (folk dog wisdom)
When you really want to have a dog, we start it regardless of what. And even the fact that we do not have time to engage in her education. We bring the puppy home and go to work, leaving it to himself, giving him carte blanche for self-education, which he does. Do not amuse yourself with the hope that training a puppy for 15-20 minutes a day will give you a raised dog in a week. If only because the remaining 23 hours, he will do what he likes and wants. Or, at best, will not do anything, including not repeating the correct forms of behavior, that is, will not be trained. And in this, very common case, when the owner returns home and finds traces of violent feast, fun, torn and defeated, he "fights" of his "loved one" puppy aki sidorov goat. And since defeats can occur often, then before you start a puppy, answer yourself two questions: 1. Do you want the dog to spoil your things? 2. Do you like to punish your dog? And if you answer both questions "not", first purchase a cage, and then a puppy.
By the way, tearing a puppy is more inhuman than keeping it in a cage.
Can a cage like a dog?
Let’s go back to basics. Recall that wolves are born and live in buildings that are called a den. The type of lair, or lair, can vary from a hollow in the ground to a spacious and deep hole. And dogs, as the closest relatives of wolves, also want to have a den. You probably noticed that your dog likes to rest where there are some walls or a roof? The corner for the dog can be a corner next to the sofa, an armchair, the space under the table or bed, or another relatively small place that has comfortable and safe walls from the dog’s point of view. The cell, just helps to satisfy this "lair instinct". If you properly maintain a dog and properly accustom it to the cage, the dog will treat it as its own separate apartment. lair
Kids and cell
If you have children, the cage is the very place where the puppy can escape from them. And putting the dog in a cage, you save children from unnecessary attention to the dog. Cell lair. a place where no one interferes with the dog, and it does not interfere with anyone.
Car and cell
It is desirable in the car to transport the dog in a cage. This limits its movement, eliminates the possibility of interference with the controls, keeps the seat covers and the glass clean. With long journeys, many dogs get sick, while others begin to salivate excessively. So the cage, among other things, will keep your car’s interior clean.
Very convenient cell and in case of vacation. Many airlines and hotels accept pets only in cages. And in a motel you will easily be allowed to keep a dog if it is in a cage.
Airplane and cell
Flying and related procedures (waiting, loading and unloading, lengthy customs control, etc.) are very tiring for dogs. They cause a state of stress, which is what they call it. traffic stress. The cage also helps the dog to relieve stress, if it is a familiar and pleasant place for it. In fact, the dog travels in his room, in convenient conditions.
Which cell to choose?
Basically, there are two types of cages for dogs. One type is made from wire mesh, the other. from plastic. Both cell types are strong and very practical. However, plastic cells are best used for air travel. The wire cages are well ventilated and providing a good overview, allow the puppy to observe everything that happens in the room and thus "participate" in the life of the pack and not feel lonely.
The cage should be tall enough to allow your dog to stand upright. It should be wide enough for the dog to turn around and long enough for the dog to lie stretched out.
If you get a very spacious cage, which is called for growth, the puppy can sleep in one corner, and in the other make "business". Some owners perceive it as neutral, while others do not like it, especially if the cage does not have a pallet or, if the owners do not want the dog to cage in the future. Instinctively, dogs do not recover in the immediate vicinity of the place where they sleep and eat. Therefore, the cage should be exactly the height of the dog. If your puppy grows sometime in a large dog, you can purchase two cages or purchase a large cage, but with a separator and increase the living space as the puppy grows.
Where to put the cell?
It is best to place the cell in a quiet corner of the most frequently visited room. Not close to central heating radiators or draft. In the evening, you can move the cell to the master bedroom.
Inner cell contents
Put in a cage a blanket with the smell of the owner and an object adapted for chewing (tendon bone, toy, etc.). And you need to prepare something special (natural bone, a very attractive toy for the dog) that the dog gets when it is in a cage.
If you already leave the puppy in a cage for a few hours, make sure that there is a water bowl and feeder.
How to teach a dog to cage
First walk the dog. Then remove the collar from it to avoid unpleasant incidents in the cage. Attract the attention of the dog with a special toy and give the command in an excited and joyful tone: "Home!" (you can come up with any command). Use the toy to draw the dog into the cage, for example, throw it into the far corner of the cage or hold it in a cage with your hand. When the dog enters the cage, praise it with gentle words and give it to the toy.
The same can be done using bone or dog biscuit. Throw the bone to the back of the cage and allow the puppy to find it. Remember, the cell should cause only positive emotions.
Turn your schooling lessons into a game. Spend it a couple of days and repeat the exercise 10-20 times a day. To begin, leave the door open.
Do not immediately leave the dog in a cage for a long time. When the dog starts without fear, boldly and cheerfully go into his "the lair"try to keep it there for short periods of time. If, while in a cage, the dog behaves quietly and calmly, praise it. If she barks or whines, do not pay attention (!) To her until she calms down, and then be sure to praise. If the dog is noisy for a long time, try to cover the cage with something (a veil, etc.). Remember that whining and barking at this stage is not evidence that the dog does not like the cage. she is just fine with you, and she needs to be reunited. Never go with her!
After the dog begins to behave calmly for short periods of time (and this, sooner or later, will happen), increase its "cellular" time. Do not forget to occasionally praise the dog when it behaves calmly. Increase the gap between praises. And be sure to walk the dog when you let it out of the cage.
The same can be done differently. After you close the cage door, stay close to the puppy and talk to him about something. If the puppy starts to whimper, distract him. let him sniff his own fingers. Stay close to the puppy until he stops whining and only after that, open the cage door. Usually this exercise takes 5-10 minutes. It will be good if during the lesson the puppy falls asleep, do not wake him up. When he wakes up himself, let him out and do not praise, do not play, do not caress him and, in general, do not pay attention to him for a few minutes. Let him decide that he is loved much more when he is in a cage. And do not let the puppy out of the cage until he sits quietly for 30 seconds.
If you take the time during the day and learn the lesson described above with your dog, you will easily be left in a cage for the night. If you have not done so, put the cage next to your bed, tire (this is very important!) The puppy with a game and lure him into the cage in one of the ways indicated. If the puppy is whimpering, put your palm on the cage or stick your fingers inside and talk to him gently and soothingly. Be patient one night, your happy future is worth it. Do not let the puppy out of the cage, do not be angry with him and do not cry.
As a rule, a tired two-month-old puppy can sleep for four hours. If he wakes up in the middle of the night and wakes you up, demanding to be released to empty your bowels and bladder, let him do it. Take or take the puppy to where he is allowed to recover. If you want to take him outside, dress first, and then open the cage. After emptying, put the puppy in a cage without playing, turn off the light and go to bed again. If he starts to whine again, give him your palm and talk to him tenderly.
Two or three nights are required for total habituation. After a week or two, try to leave the cell in another place in your apartment.
If you have mastered the exercises described above, it will not be difficult for you to teach your puppy to stay in the cage when you leave home. When leaving the puppy alone, take care that he is walking and walking to fatigue. So it will be easier for him to endure loneliness and motor limitations. Remove the collar from the dog and invite it to the cage. Avoid violence. Close the cage door, do not talk about anything with the dog, but just go away and that’s it. He may make some noise, but it’s not scary. If the noise is loud, warn your neighbors that this will not last long. Let’s hope they understand you.
For a start, do not go away for long. For the first time, it is advisable to miss one. two hours. If you are in a hopeless situation and must go to work, ask someone to feed and walk a puppy in your absence. If the cell does not have a slatted floor and a pallet, the need for a walk increases. It will be very difficult to wean a puppy from getting dirty in a cage if he gets used to it.
If you are persistent in your demand and always leave the puppy in a cage when you leave home or go to sleep, after a while you will find that the puppy often climbs there himself. This happens when he gets tired or wants to be alone for a bit (by the way, when the puppy goes into the cage himself, do not allow children to interfere with him), or just want to sleep. Let the cell door be always open when you are at home.
It is believed that the time that a puppy without a walk can spend in a cage can be calculated by the formula:
Age in months one month = number of hours.
For example, a 2-month-old puppy can sit in a cage for 3 hours.
Cage for adult dog
You can teach a cage and an adult dog. To begin with, use the same technique as for puppies. Get the dog to confidently enter the cage for a toy or food without closing the door. This is not difficult to do if you feed the dog only (!) In a cage. After two or three days of such classes, invite the dog to enter the cage, without throwing anything there and showing nothing in his hand. food or a toy should appear only when the dog enters the cage. After another couple of days, after the dog enters the cage, place it there as a team and feed or give the toy. Sit next to the cage without closing the door. During the week of such exercises, gradually increase the time the dog is in the cage. In the next step, try closing the cage door for one or two minutes. If the dog is quiet, open the door; if it barks and whines, do not pay attention to it. You can praise the dog when it behaves quietly. It is important that the dog does not think that barking leads to the opening of the door.
It is also important to make it clear to your dog that you love her when he is in a cage, so when the dog leaves the cage, do not pay attention to it for a few minutes. Continue the activity in the same way, increasing the time the dog is in the cage. Avoid negative (painful or unpleasant) effects. Be patient, it may take from one to two months to train an adult dog to the cage.
1. Do not use the message in the cage as a punishment.
2. Do not abuse the content of the dog in the cage.
3. Do not leave the dog in a cage with a collar and leash.
4. Do not push the puppy into the cage by force.
5. Do not use the cage as an alternative to education and training.
Gritsenko Vladimir Vasilyevich
Candidate of Veterinary Sciences, training instructor, expert RKF
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