A dog trained to sit quietly in a dog cage can easily be taken on a journey by car, on a visit, or transported by plane. Some dogs are truly attached to their cage, preferring to sleep in it or hide. Other dogs are not enthusiastic about cages, but if necessary can tolerate them. However, many dogs panic when they are locked in a cage.
When to use a cage?
Using a cage will be especially useful when you first acquaint your puppy with its new home. The cage will simplify the process of home dog training, and the puppy will not destroy everything around and behave inappropriately. Puppies need to wean habits like "digging" on furniture and carpeting, chewing table legs and curtains, and stealing from the table and the dustbin. Such training is possible only when you can monitor the behavior of the puppy. The cage will be a real salvation in cases where this is impossible. For example, when a dog is left alone at home.
Cells need to be used correctly:
Can cells ever be used as punishment?
If the cage is used only for this purpose, the dog will soon hate it. Some dogs will treat the cage as a shelter, hiding in it, trying to avoid further punishment. You can use the cage as a place to rest. But the dog must have a large number of pleasant emotions associated with the cage to neutralize any negative emotions associated with it.
A dog inclined to guard its belongings may also guard the space around its cage. Therefore, always be careful, passing by an open cage and pulling the dog out of it. Do not reach the dog with your hands. Better lure it out or lift the edge of the cage and “shake it out” from there. Some dogs feel vulnerable and “caught” in the cage, so they can aggressively respond to approaching the cage of unfamiliar people or animals.
How to teach a dog to love his cage?
These instructions will help you teach your dog to love its cage. How much time you need to achieve a result depends on the dog itself and its initial relationship to the cage. If your dog has already had a negative history with the cage and now does not want to be in it, then acquire a new cage and work through each stage very slowly. There are wire cages, plastic cages for air travel, as well as mesh cages. Mesh cells are the most portable, but they are not suitable for dogs who love to chew everything. Mesh and plastic cages give dogs more privacy. Some dogs love it when they cover a wire cage with a blanket or towel so they can feel like they are in a “den”. For dogs experiencing a strong fear of cages, you may need preliminary training with cage-like structures. For example, you can first teach the dog to pass under a hanging canopy between two vertical walls, lie in a box with the top removed, and only then introduce it to the cage. Some dogs are also helped by training such commands as sitting, lying down, standing, going forward, and going backward, as the dog understands more precisely what you want from her at some point.
This instruction suggests the use of clicks to indicate as accurately as possible the behavior that you want to achieve from your dog. You can also use a voice signal (for example, a pronounced “Yes”) when you see an indication of a positive reaction. At the very beginning, you can use a plastic cage with the door open, or you can completely remove the door; flip the mesh door through the top. And remember that it is necessary to perform each stage of training with a pace suitable for your dog. The repetition is the mother of learning, but you do not want your dog to get bored, continually repeating the same thing.
- Sit with the dog in front of the cage. Stock up on your pet’s favorite food. Show him a treat and throw it at the very entrance to the cage. Let the dog go and get a treat. Repeat several times. Each time put the delicacy deeper inside the cage. Let the dog get out of the cage when she wants it.
Show the dog a treat and make a move as if you are throwing it in a cage. When the dog looks at the cage, click or say “Yes” and throw the treat inside. After several repetitions, wait until the dog comes to the cage before clicking or answering “Yes” and throwing the treat inside. If the dog starts to move to the cage, then you are on the right track. During each repetition, allow the dog to exit the cage at will. If she prefers to stay inside (obviously figuring out that you can get a treat there), give her another treat to go outside.
The dog takes two steps to the cage, you say “yes” and throw the treat into the cage.
The dog approaches the cage and pokes its head in it, say “yes” and throw inside the treat.
The dog approaches the cage and steps into it with one paw, say “yes” and throw inside the treat.
The dog approaches the cage and steps into it, first with one and then with the other paw, say “yes” and throw inside the treat.
The dog approaches the cage and steps into it with both front paws, then takes another step, say “yes” and throw inside the treat.
The dog approaches the cage, enters it and steps with one hind paw, say "Yes" and throw inside the treat.
The dog approaches the cage, enters it with all its paws, say "yes" and throw inside the treat. At this stage, the dog may come out of the cage or turn around and go out in front. After the dog leaves the cage, give it another treat. It is better if the dog unfolds inside the cage, as this is ideally suited for the subsequent steps. If the dog moves backward, then try to unfold it with the help of a treat. If the dog is nervous when you stick your hand, try a wider cage. It will be easier for the dog to turn around and follow your hand if the cage is wider. After the reversal is successful, the dog must repeat it without your help.
The dog approaches the cage, enters, turns around, says “yes” and stick your hand to pass on the treat.
Enter a verbal signal that the dog must go into the cage, for example, "Go to the cage", "Climb into the box", "Inside," and so on. Say it right before the dog goes to the cage. If the dog began to move to the cage before your signal, then that’s good.
Order the dog to enter the cage. The dog approaches go inside, turns around and takes a step towards the exit. At that moment, say “yes” and stick your hand inside with a delicacy. You will have to skip this step if the cage is so small that one step is enough for the dog to get out of it.
Order the dog to enter the cage. The dog approaches go inside, turns around, at this moment tell it to sit down or lie down — something that will be easier for him to do. When it executes the command, say “yes” and extend your hand with a delicacy. If necessary, order the dog to sit or lie down, and then with your hand, lure it to the correct position.
Tell the dog to enter the cage. The dog approaches go inside, turns around, at this point, order it to sit down or lie down: when it executes the command, tell it to stand still for 1-2 seconds, say “yes” and quickly stretch the treat. Say "good" and move away from the cage so that the dog can go out.
The dog must sit or lie down on its own when it enters the cage, without your orders. Each time a dog leaves the cage, without completing the full range of turns and commands, say “Very bad” and do not give delicacies. Start over. If the dog failed to make the complex two times in a row, help her, stick your hand in with a delicacy so that it goes away or assumes a recumbent position. Practice this 1-2 times, and then the dog should complete the entire sequence on its own. If she still doesn’t work, then stop the classes (perhaps the dog is just tired), and then resume them from an earlier stage.
When the dog enters the cage and lies there for 10-20 seconds, start closing the door. If you have a plastic or wire cage, then close the door, say “yes” and quickly insert your hand with the delicacy. Say "good" and move away from the cage so that the dog can exit. If you have a cage, then slightly lower the door from the roof, then put it in place, say “yes” and quickly stretch the treat. Say "good" and move away from the cage so that the dog can exit. The dogs, with their initially negative attitude towards the cage, will take a long time to get used to the closed cage door.
Gradually close the door until it is completely closed. Make sure the dog stays in the correct position for 20-30 seconds with the door closed before locking it with a lock. It will take a long time for dogs, with an initially negative attitude towards the cage, to get used to the closed door.
Continue to increase the dog’s time in a locked cage. If the dog gets up and starts to scrape the door, say “a-a” and order it to lie down. If it does not lie down, then stick your hand inside and give it the right position, then order it to stand still and immediately close the door, then say "yes" and quickly stretch the pet a treat. Say "good" and open the door so that the dog can go out.
When a dog learns to lie in a cage for 1-2 hours, give it something to eat or chew to pass the time, such as stuffed toys, bones, chewing bones. Skip this step if the dog starts guarding the toys, as it is essential that you can reach them at any time.
After the dog gets used to being in a cage for a long time, change your position, do not sit directly in front of the cage. Sit far away, stand up, walk around the room. Make sure your dog perceives your movements normally before attempting to leave the room or house. Some dogs can not sit quietly in a cage when you do something that they think is fun, for example, sweeping the floor, playing with a child, receiving guests, or training another pet. If you need to lock the dog in such moments, it is better to move the cage to a more secluded place. Otherwise, the dog will whine and scratch. Every time a dog starts to whine, bark or cross, first order it to sit or lie down, and only then unlock the door. The dog will learn that to get out. It must lie down or sit down. It is essential that the dog does not think that howling, barking, and scratching are necessary to get out. Just try to let the dog out before it starts behaving like this. If the dog constantly wants to go outside, you will have to go back to the initial stages and train your pet again.
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