When you recommend to some owner, who complains about the destructive behavior of his dog, leave it for the time of leaving in the cage, in response you often hear: “What are you talking about ?! It is inhuman! I will never cage my dog! ”
For some reason we forget that a flat for a dog is the same cage, only bigger. A dog in an apartment receives just as little irritation (tests informational, motor, play deficiency), as well as in a cage. The apartment for her should fulfill the role of a booth (like a cage): the dog comes there to rest. But this happens only with the right content, when the dog gets tired on walks. And since we are walking more often for ourselves, and not for the dog (“if only she did some business”), we turn an apartment into a stadium or a public garden. This I mean, with the proper maintenance of the dog, the cage is no worse than an apartment or leash, with which we, when leaving, bind the dog to the battery, or the balcony, to which we expel it. The cage is a booth in a booth.
If you are against a cage, then you like to punish your dog.
When you really want to have a dog, we start it, no matter 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 by training your puppy for 15–20 minutes a day, you will receive a raised dog in a week. If only because the remaining 23 hours, he will do what he likes and wants.
In the case when the owner returns home and finds traces of violent feast, fun, torn and defeated, he “pulls” his “beloved” puppy “like a sidorov goat”.
And since the defeats can occur often, then before you start a puppy, answer yourself the following questions: Do you want the dog to spoil your things? Do you like to punish your dog? If you answer "no" to both questions, first purchase a cage, and then a puppy.
By the way, pulling a puppy is more inhuman than keeping him in a cage.
Does the dog like a cage?
Let’s go back to the origins and remember that wolves are born and live in buildings that are called a den. The size of the 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 next to the sofa, the armchair, the space under the table or bed, or another relatively small place with safe walls from the dog’s point of view can be a lair for her. The cage helps to satisfy this “lair instinct”. If you keep your dog right and have taught her to the cage, she will treat her like his own separate apartment – the lair.
If you have children, the cage is the very place where the puppy can escape from them. Placing a dog in a cage, you will save children from its excessive attention to them, and possibly aggression. This is a place where no one will interfere with the dog and it will not interfere with anyone.
Car and cell
In the car, it is desirable to transport the dog in a cage. This restricts its freedom of movement, eliminates the possibility of interference with its management, and, moreover, it will remain clean inside the car, because during long journeys the dog may vomit or it will begin to salivate profusely. So here the cell is a must.
Very convenient cell and in case of vacation. Many hotels accept pets only in cages. The same – and in motels.
Airplane and cell
Flying and related procedures (waiting, loading and unloading, customs control, etc.) are very tiring for the dog and cause her a state of stress, which is called “transport stress”. The cage helps to relieve stress, if, of course, it serves as a familiar and pleasant place for the dog. In fact, she travels in “her room,” that is, in conditions that are convenient for her.
Which cell to choose
There are two types of cages for dogs: one from wire mesh, others from plastic. They are all strong and very practical.
Plastic cage is better to use for air travel, and the wire, which is well ventilated and provides good visibility, can be put in the room. The puppy will watch everything that happens in it, and thus participate in the life of the pack, not feeling lonely.
The cage must be tall enough to allow the dog to stand upright, wide so that it can turn around, and long enough so that the dog can lie down stretched out.
If you get a very spacious cage, as they say for growth, the puppy can sleep in one corner, and in the other do its “business”. Some owners perceive it calmly, while others do not like it, especially if the cage does not have a pallet or when the owners do not want the dog to get dirty in the cage in the future. Instinctively dogs do not recover in the immediate vicinity of the place where they sleep and eat. Therefore, the cage must be a dog in height. If your puppy should grow into a big dog, then you can get two cages or one big one, but with a separator, and increase the living space of the puppy as it grows.
It is best to put the cage in a quiet corner of the most frequently visited room, but not near the central heating radiators and not in a draft. In the evening, you can move the cell to the master bedroom.
Put in the cage a blanket with the smell of the owner and an object that the dog likes to gnaw (tendon bone, toy, etc.). It is necessary to have in stock and something especially attractive for a dog, for example, a natural bone, so that it can be given to a dog when it is in a cage.
If you already leave the puppy in a cage for several 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 a puppy with a toy and give the command in an excited and joyful tone: “Home!” (You can think of another one). To lure him into a cage, throw, for example, a toy into the far corner of the cage or push it into the cage. When the dog enters the cage, praise it 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 puppy habits 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 leave the dog in the cage immediately for a long time. When she starts without fear, boldly and cheerfully enter her lair, try leaving her there for a while. If, while in a cage, the dog behaves quietly and calmly, praise it, and if it barks or whines, do not pay attention to it (!) Until it calms down. After that, be sure to praise. If the puppy continues to whine, try to cover the cage with something (with a veil, etc.). Remember that at this stage, the whining and barking indicate not that the puppy does not like the cage, but that he wants to be with you. Never go with him!
After the dog begins to behave calmly for short periods of time (and this will happen sooner or later), increase the “cellular” time. Do not forget to praise her from time to time when she behaves calmly. Increase the gap between praises. And be sure to walk the dog when you let it out of the cage.
Similar results can be achieved by doing differently. After you close the cage door, stay close to the puppy and talk to him about something. If he starts to whimper, distract him, for example, let him sniff your fingers. Stay close to the puppy until he stops whining, and only then open the 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, release him, but ignore 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 at least half a minute.
Having mastered the lesson described above with the dog during the day, you will be able to leave it in a cage for the night. If you have not done so, put a cage next to your bed, tire your puppy (this is very important!) With a game and lure him into a cage in one of the ways indicated. If he whimpers, put a palm on a cage or stick fingers through the bars 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 that he be released to recover, allow him to do so and take him or take him to the proper place.
If you want to take him outside, first dress yourself, and then open the cage. After walking, check your puppy into a cage without playing, turn off the lights and go to bed again. If he starts to whine again, give him your palm and talk to him affectionately.
For full addiction will require 2-3 nights. After a week or two, try to leave the cell in another place in your apartment.
If your dog has mastered the exercises described above, it will be easy for you to teach him to stay in the cage when you leave home. When leaving the puppy alone, make sure that he is walking to fatigue – it will be easier for him to endure loneliness and restriction of movement. After removing the collar from the dog, invite it to the cage. Avoid violence! Close the cage door and walk away without saying anything to the dog. He may make some noise, but it’s not a big deal. 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 desirable to be absent for 1-2 hours, no more. If you are in a hopeless situation and have to go to work, ask someone to feed and walk a puppy in your absence. If the cage is devoid of a slatted floor and 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 constant in your demand for the puppy to remain in the cage when you leave the house or go to sleep, then after a while you will find that he often goes 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. When you’re at home, keep the cage door always open.
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) 1 = 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. Without closing the cage door, get the dog to confidently go there for a toy or food. This is easy to do if you feed the dog only (!) In a cage. After 2–3 days of such activities, invite her to enter the cage, without throwing anything there and showing nothing in her 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 nearby without closing the door. During the week of such exercises gradually increase the time the dog stays in the cage. In the next step, try closing the door for 1-2 minutes. If the dog behaves quietly, open the door, and if barks and whines, do not pay attention to him. You can praise the dog when it behaves quietly. It is important that she did not think that barking leads to the opening of the door. It is also important to make it clear to the dog that you love her when she is in a cage. Therefore, do not pay attention to it for a few minutes when it comes out. Continue classes, increasing the time the dog is in the cage. Avoid negative (painful or unpleasant) effects.
Have patience – it may take 1-2 months to train an adult dog to cage.
Never do the following:
– Do not use the message in the cage as a punishment;
– do not abuse the content of the dog in the cage;
– do not leave the dog in a cage with a collar and leash;
– do not push the puppy into the cage by force;
– Do not use the cell as an alternative to education and training.