With eight of their dogs, Vivian Bregman achieved over 30 titles in Obdiens in AKC, UKC, CKC, ASSA and Bermuda. She is one of the founders and a member of the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals) Board and a member of NADOI (National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors). Vivian began training her dogs and competing with them in 1963, and in 1965 she began teaching owners how to train their dogs. In 1970, after coaching at two cynological clubs, she opened her own school, Kelev Canine College, in New Jersey. Why use cells? Of course, I would not want to spend hours in a place barely enough to just get up and turn around. But I’m not a dog, and neither are you. The dog is a lair animal. If you see where your dog prefers to rest, you will find her behind a chair, under a table or in an isolated corner. She wants and needs her own “bed”, a den, a place where she can be left alone.
The cage is by far the best and easiest way to prevent most of the problems that cause many owners to get rid of their dogs. You need a cage for a dog if there are cases of uncleanliness; if the dog spoils the property when left alone; if you have small children who do not understand that the dog needs solitude; if you have guests who are afraid of dogs; if you travel with a dog and want to assure the owner of the hotel that the dog will not suit you when you are alone, and most important of all, you need a cage if you want to have the most educated and obedient dog.
When should I start using the cage? The best time is when you bring a puppy to the house. If you bought a puppy from a breeder, there is a high probability that he already knows what a restriction is. If the puppy is less than four months old, he should not have the problem of perceiving the cage as his “home”. If he is older, it will not be so easy, but this can and should be achieved.
Where to place the cage? My dog’s cage stands in the corner of the dining room, away from heat and drafts. You can put yours in the corner of the kitchen, nursery or in any other similar place. Determine the place for the cage where it will not interfere, but at the same time, not separately, so that the dog does not feel complete isolation. Do not use newspapers in a cage; instead, lay a piece of plaid, towel or any other litter that can be easily washed in the event of an “accident”.
The cage for dogs is a rectangular design with a top and a door, comes in a variety of sizes to fit any size dog. Cells are made from wire, wood, metal, or molded fiberglass / plastic. The goal of a cell is a guaranteed limitation for security purposes, training for cleanliness, protection of household goods, comfort of travel, illness, or just general control.
Cages for dogs have long been used and taken for granted by exhibitors, field trials, obedience competitions, animal trainers, handlers, breeders, groomers, veterinarians and all those who have regular professional communication with dogs. Pet owners usually reject the idea of using a cage, considering such enforced confinement to be unfair and even harmful to the dog.
The dog, however, sees this as having his own room: this is her own special place, the “security cover,” a playpen. The cage helps to satisfy the “instinct of the lair” inherited from the ancestors and other canines living in the dens; and the dog feels calmer in it when he finds himself in unfamiliar surroundings. The dog, in fact, is much happier when it can have a safe and isolated place, and prefers to be prevented from causing trouble than to be punished for them later.
A dog cage used correctly and humanely can have many benefits for you and your dog.
With the help of a cage, you can enjoy complete peace of mind, leaving your dog at home alone, knowing that nothing will be stained or destroyed, and that the dog is in a comfortable and safe environment and does not develop bad habits. You can teach your dog to cleanliness in the house much faster if you use the cage to simplify control over it and inculcate the custom of “relieving” on the street, and prevent “accidents” at night or when there is no one at home. You can also from time to time effectively restrict a dog when it interferes underfoot (dinners, family activities), is nervous (guests, workers, etc.), agitated or concerned about the disorder that is arranged by playing children, or when it is sick. You can travel with a dog without the risk that it will distract you from the process of driving with your behavior, and you will also be sure that it will easily adapt to an unfamiliar environment, having its usual “safety cover”. In addition, you will be better taken to guests and hotels, if you assure the owners that the dog will be in a cage and will not be able to spoil or stain anything.
The cage should be large enough so that the dog can lie flat and fully extend its legs and not support the ceiling with its head when it is sitting. Remember that too large cell does not contribute to a sense of security and does not teach cleanliness.
Establish a “cellular routine” as soon as you bring the puppy into the house or as soon as possible. Close the puppy in a cage once or twice a day (this will tell you the time chosen by the puppy to rest) and leave him there every time for 3-4 hours. Give him a “chewing” toy to distract him and make sure that the collar or harness is removed from the puppy, which can catch on the lattice and cause injury.
If at first everything is not going too smoothly, do not be discouraged and do not worry – be persistent, consistent and know that you bring real benefits to your pet. Do not let the dog out of the cage when he barks, otherwise he will think that barking is the key to opening all the doors.
At the beginning, get a small cage, and then gradually increase the size so that the growing puppy does not experience discomfort. Plan to use the cage until the puppy is 10-12 months old when the chewing stage is over.
Most people believe that chewing is normal for a puppy, and that he "will grow out of it." Know that not all dogs grow out of this problem. While chewing is normal for the teething stage, it very quickly becomes a habit that can be prevented by using a cage along with a chewing toy.
To teach your puppy to cleanliness, take him out of the cage on a six-foot leash (if he is small enough, move him in his arms) to a small “patch” on the street. Stand in this place and do not let your puppy go far away from you. This place should be close enough to the house so that you can get to it quickly and for convenience of cleaning, but also at such a distance that the “scent” does not interfere with your and your neighbors’ life. Say “Business” or any other word you want to use, and if the puppy does what you want, praise him and treat him with a treat.
Once the puppy is relieved, take it for a walk for at least 15 minutes. The mistake that many owners make by teaching the puppy to cleanliness is that when they leave the house, they immediately go for a walk with other dogs and their owners, and then, when the puppy is relieved, take him home. The dog, in order to get a longer walk, tries to postpone his “affairs” for later, sometimes miscalculates and suffers for too long. After that, many owners say that their dog is “insidious” and suffers on the street with only one purpose – to deliberately do its business on an expensive carpet.
If a “accident” happened to a puppy, it should not be punished and, especially, wiped “it” with his nose.
If you find a puppy at the crime scene, read it off and take it to the toilet area. Praise him if he finishes to ease there. Praise him gently, even if he only sniffs this place.
If you find a mess, but did not catch the puppy at the crime scene, simply clean him up and swear to watch him more carefully. Punishment after it has already happened does not work. Your puppy will simply not be able to tie together your punishment and the act of relief that he committed some time before. If this method of punishment worked, then all dogs would always behave adequately in the house! A puppy may look submissive (“guilty”) because he knows that you are angry with him, and he can easily determine this by your gestures and voice – but this has nothing to do with understanding what he did ahead of time.
Thoroughly clean the place of the “accident” with cleaning products so that there is no odor left. Do not use products containing ammonia, as there is ammonia in the urine too.
If your puppy consistently uses one place in the house for the toilet, then try feeding him there or keep his bowl with water at this place all the time.
If “accidents” occur frequently, then the puppy should be observed more carefully and more often displayed for a walk. Do not rush to give the puppy unlimited freedom. Adaptation to the cell must be started before the chewing stage begins. The cage will protect the puppy and your property!
Raising adequate behavior in the home is an uncompromising procedure. If your dog is sometimes relieved in the house, then it behaves inadequately in the house! Adequate behavior in the house does not mean: “They tell me when to get out of the cage,” since many dogs may ask you to portray the doorman many times a day. Adequate behavior in the house, ultimately, should mean: "I hold you here and release you only when I consider it necessary."
The key to adequate behavior in the home is really simple: prevent accidents and reward correct actions!