Why do I need a cage.
First, because a dog is in many ways a wolf, which always needs a lair or a kennel: here it feels safe, and there is a need for that. Many owners have noticed that the dog often looks for a “booth” in the apartment, arranging it under the sofa, under the table (where there are wires and sockets), under the cupboard (from which you can not always get out)
Secondly, the dog is largely a child, because he dreams of his own room. She really needs a personal area where no one will interfere. That is why partitions for dogs in the apartment will be as relevant as in the yard.
In addition, according to zoopsychologists, the cell can help in creating a “bridge” between the dog and the owner, strengthening their friendship and mutual understanding. Who lets the dog out of the cage? Right, master. Who feeds the dog when it comes out of the cage? He’s the same! Yes, and release it in order to play with the owner!
But here we need a measure: keep the dog in prison is always impossible. But if the dog likes to be crazy about it at night or when left alone, then why not lock it up. We need a cage and when a child lives side by side with a dog or guests often come: it is important to protect each other from excessive attention.
Finally, the cage is indispensable for transporting dogs (even on the subway or bus, even on the train or on the plane): no one “grabs teeth for the heels” of strangers, does not soil the transport, does not drip saliva (on trips this happens with all dogs).
And if the vacation or trip is canceled just because the dog has no one to leave? In addition, if you have a cage, you can take your pet with you to rest in a foreign house or hotel
Yes, there are many reasons why the cell will be appropriate. For example, an exhibition cage for dogs would be appropriate for the most thoroughbred: leaving the future “star” in it, you can freely leave for any time, but your pet will look perfect, will not lose good mood and will not succumb to the provocations of others.
You should not buy a cage when you hope to hide the animal there while it is bothering you, and keep the dog in it all the time: you cannot lock the beast "for a couple of minutes" and forget until the evening walk. You do not need a dog to be wild, who grew up in an aviary, did not want to understand you and obey. We must learn to be together. That’s just need to teach the cage right from puppyhood.
Taming the cage.
But the main thing is to provide the dog with a comfortable life in its kennel.
It is best to install a "house" in the corner of the most visited room in the house: dogs at any age should be in the thick of things.
The metal cage must be covered with a cover or opaque fabrics: so it will look more like a dog booth and protect the animal from drafts.
In the cage should be a couple of your dog’s favorite toys. Once a month or two, they can be changed.
It is very good if the cage is equipped with a special pallet – metal or plastic: even the most patient and clean dogs can not stand or shed water in the cage.
By the way, about water and food: if the cage is not equipped with special anchorages for bowls, it is better not to put them there – they take up a lot of space.
And, finally, do not allow strangers (as such, for a dog, everything except the family and, maybe, one or two close friends of it) to insert a hand between the bars, encroaching on the pet’s personal territory. This is especially true of children.
What are the cages for dogs, and how to choose the best
What are the cells.
The dog cage can be made of wood or plastic, but most of them are made of thick wire, which is easy to fold and carry. Of course, they are reliable and durable, but they weigh a lot. There are also cages for dogs from thick tissue, but they are only suitable for dogs that have become used to living in a cage from an early age. However, some masters manage to flash them from the inside with a metallic mesh.
Metal cages are good for living at home and for carrying or transporting animals. For long trips and for exhibitions suitable cell tents, both ordinary and collapsible. The most comfortable for the apartment will be dog enclosures without a roof, but with a pallet.
The main thing is that the wire for the cage is strong and rather thick., so that the dog could not bend the grille, and also damage its teeth or claws on it (by the way, from time to time it is necessary to trim the dog’s claws).
Among the manufacturers of dog cages are companies such as Artero from Spain (it produces cages for large and strong dogs, equipped with two doors and false), Midwest (USA), Savic (cages from very strong steel, equipped with plastic legs to protect the floor covering ), Ladioli (a Russian company specializing in plastic-frame cage tents), and Camon, producing playpens and cages for puppies, as well as large breed dogs.
Different cages for different dogs.
For large breed owners, Atlas products are suitable: their cages are often equipped with a mat and a dog feeder. And for long-distance transport collapsible tent cells from Ferplast and Triol would be appropriate.
In any case, the dog house should be as comfortable as possible: the dog should be free to sit and not to bend, not to touch the top with his head (again, an open-air cage without a ceiling is more convenient), and also to change posture without problems, turn around and stretch out to his full height.
We take into account the dimensions of your dog and his breed
Cage for dogs in the apartment may be more than the recommended size.
Crate for dogs with their own hands
Cage do it yourself.
If the dog does not meet the standards in some way, then you can make a dog cage with your own hands.
The wooden cage will be the most economical. You will need bars (size 55 × 60 cm) and a grid: for small breeds, its cells can be small, but a cage for large breed dogs requires a grid with larger cells.
The grid should be chosen very carefully: it should not have moving segments, they are dangerous and very traumatic. Very good mesh with a plastic coating or a grid of old armored beds.
How to attach it to the bars? Secure with a stapler along the edges and a plastic rim on top. Wooden frames can be fastened with furniture hinges between them: this is how we will make a collapsible cage.
However, there are other ways. The main thing is that the cage is comfortable and the dog’s joy in it.