should be large enough for the dog to stand up, turn around, and
lie down comfortably. If it is any larger, it might be possible
for your dog to urinate or defecate in the crate and still have
room to lie down away from the mess. If it is any smaller, your
dog will be cramped and uncomfortable. Crates should be just long
enough for your dog to stretch out comfortably on his side to sleep.
dog crates to train a pup teaches them that the human den (the house)
is to be kept clean and is a place of comfort. Even after centuries
of selective breeding, today’s domestic dogs still share the den
instinct that has come down from their wild ancestors. Providing
your dog with a crate is a way to satisfy that instinct while making
use of it to suit your needs as well. The words dog crates and dog
cages are used interchangeably, but over time it’s become preferable
to call them dog crates.
for Using a Crate:
from human visitors because dogs can get overly excited with the
introduction of others, particularly children. Children often find
it hard to leave a dog alone, even when told to do so. Therefore,
dog crates are useful in managing the dog’s quite time and clearing
a space for visitors and children, without having to isolate him
in another room. His crate can also provide a welcome sanctuary
when he becomes over stimulated. In addition, a crate can be used
to protect your home from your dog’s possible destructive behaviors,
such as chewing or jumping on furniture. If you rent your home,
something else to keep in mind is that a crate can help to satisfy
reluctant landlords, many of whom will not accept pets in general,
but can be persuaded to accept a crated dog.
housetraining the foundation for crate training is based on the
principle that puppies will avoid soiling their immediate sleeping/living
area. It is important that dog crates are the appropriate size for
your dog. Dog crates that are too big may result in your puppy soiling
in it. Unsupervised puppies should be restricted to their crate.
However, don’t isolate a puppy for more that 2-3 hours at a time.
Take the puppy outside after meal or nap time and instruct him to
go to the toilet. Put him back in the dog crate if he fails to go
to the toilet. Repeat the process in 15 minutes.
a dog crate to get some time-out from your puppy. Dog crates are
a great way to provide a place away from your dog, while not feeling
guilty about restricting his freedom.
introducing your dog to a crate it makes it easier for him to adjust
to kennels. This is particularly the case with kennels that allow
the owners to bring their own dog crates.
crates provide piece of mind allowing you to go out of the house
and relax in the knowledge that he is not getting into trouble by
eating the furniture, chewing on electrical cords, getting into
cleaning products underneath the sink, or soiling the carpet. The
confinement of a crate can act as a passive form of discipline by
preventing your dog from engaging in unwanted behaviors while you
cannot be there to actively supervise him. In addition, a crate
helps puppies go through the discomfort of chewing/teething stages
by restricting them to chewing only their chew toys.
crates are extremely useful and can continue to remain useful after
the puppy is housetrained. Leave the crate open during the day and
you’ll find your dog choosing the crate as a place to nap. They
enjoy the confined spaces that dog crates provide. When properly
used, a dog will much prefer the security and comfort of a crate
as compared to just lying on the floor somewhere, or even in bed
with you, where you might prefer he not be!