There are three main reasons why a dog finds himself in a cage: while traveling in a car or plane, at dog training events (exhibitions, competitions, etc.) and at home, where it is sent if it does not behave badly in the absence or even in the presence of the host. Our expert will tell you how to teach your pet to endure his captivity calmly.
The cell you see in the photo is suitable for the first two situations. It is safe enough for dogs and movers. But such a cage is not suitable as a home aviary: it is too dark, and the dog is stuffy in it. For home, an iron grating cage is acceptable. In any case, remember that an aviary in an apartment can only be a temporary phenomenon, the dog should not spend most of the day there, and even more so – life.
For the first time, most dogs quietly enter the cage, but upon learning that the owner can lock them inside, they lose confidence in her. It is better to teach your pet immediately, following the points below, and then there will be no problems with the cage.
For starters, you can remove the door from the cage. Treat your dog inside with a treat. If it doubts – gives a treat just because it stuck its nose inside or put one paw. Do not force the animal to go inside forcibly. If your hand does not “pass” along with the dog, then this means that the cage is small.
As soon as the dog comes inside – give it a treat, and then remove your hand from the cage and move away. Most likely, your pet immediately jumps out. You can accompany it with the word “Come out!” And, when it comes out, give it a treat again. Then say, for example, "Mink!" And get inside again. Give back the treat again and let it pop out again. Repeat this action successively ten times, after which start giving a treat only if the dog is inside the cage.
Take your time, let the dog get out of the cage as many times as she wants, but every time she goes inside, give her a treat. If the dog already had a negative experience with the cage, this stage can take several days of training. At some point, the dog will freeze and remain inside the cage – be sure to encourage it, again and again, all the time while it is in the cage. Then command “Lie down!” And encourage. From time to time, remove your hands and check: if the dog felt insecure, let it go out and start again.
For a dog to love to remain in a cage, it is necessary that she went there 100 times, and not stayed there for 100 minutes. Frequency, in this case, is more important than duration.
When the dog realizes that he can get a treat and do nothing for it (except to remain in the cage), he will stop popping out.
Now insert the door into the cage, put the dog inside, close the door, give the pet a treat, open the door and Is the dog out? So, repeat this procedure several times. Stay inside? Fine – encourage well, close the door again, encourage and open again. Command “Lie down!” To teach the dog to remain in the cage lying down. Start walking a few steps away from the cage. Returning, give a treat, open the door, and check whether the dog will jump out or not. If you jumped out, it means that you hurried, you need to leave it for less time, if it stays inside, it means that it feels comfortable.
Trusting a dog to a cage is its own decision to stay inside. Any violent measures destroy trust and throw you back in your schooling.
If the dog scratches the door with his paw or pushes his nose, trying to open it, do not forbid it to do so. Did it manage to get out? Get back and encourage inside, repeat the 2nd and 3rd points of training. Is she scrubbing into the closed door? Command “Lie down!” And, as soon as she does, encourage through the bars and let the dog get out. And then get inside again.
If the dog quietly remains in the cage and does not jump up – congratulations! It remains to make a few "final touches." Roll the cage on the wheels, shake, lift, and chat in the air for a couple of seconds. If the dog jumped up, put the cage on the floor, command "Lie down!", Encourage the pet and let it go. Then start again and try to shake the cage again. Give especially a lot of treats if the dog stays inside the cage when you open the door. Now you are ready to go!