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Should You Crate Your Dog?

puppy relaxingPutting your dog in a cage is a good idea under certain conditions
First of all, putting your dog in a cage can never be the only solution.

In addition, a work of positive habituation must necessarily be put in place upstream.

Indeed, if your dog has troublesome behaviors during your absences, putting him in a cage can be a solution. But it must be accompanied by a comprehensive work.

Your dog may not be able to cope with your absences because he is anxious, or because he has to learn to manage his frustration better. In any case, it will be necessary to start by identifying the cause of the troublesome behaviors. Then, it will be necessary to establish a work plan adapted to your dog, possibly with the help of a professional behavioral dog trainer, in order to definitively solve the problem and thus allow your dog to feel better, and you too at the same time!

So, putting your dog in cages during your time away can have a real interest because it allows you to reduce his space and thus to secure him. In addition, the accustomed positively to this space is essential so that it is a pleasure for him to go there. Indeed, the cage must never be a punishment for your dog!

How to accustom your dog positively to the cage?

To positively accustom your dog to the cage, it is first necessary to have the right equipment:

A good size cage: your dog must be able to lie down, turn around completely and stand up. See some here BestDogCrates.net.

A cozy cushion: this space must be comfortable and pleasant for your dog

Treats and Kong-type occupation toys to positively accustom him

Thus, to begin a work of habituation, it is necessary to respect certain stages:

Step 1: Start by teaching your dog that this space is nice.

For this, you can help with treats and toys: encourage your dog to enter his cage by placing treats and congratulating him to enter. Initially, do not try to close the door. Just teach your dog that when he is in his cage, nice things happen! In addition, you can start gradually to tell him a word like “your place” so that your dog knows to go in his cage on simple indication thereafter.

Step 2: Start closing the cage door slowly

The second step is to teach your dog to stay a few minutes with the door closed. You can continue to give her treats through the door or offer her a toy filled with candies / a chew bone. The idea is to get him used to the cage and there’s nothing like food for that!

Step 3: Gradually increase the time spent in the cage

Finally, the last step will be to move away from your dog and change rooms. During this absence, make sure your dog is busy eating his treats and if he whines when you see him leaving, try not to come back right away.

On the other hand, if your dog has a big anxiety about being alone, working on your relationship and setting up an emotional detachment will be essential!

Finally, when all goes well, you can then increase more and more time spent in the cage.

Warning: NEVER leave your dog caged for more than 3 or 4 hours in any case!

Finally, a little tip to help you: before a session of habituation to the cage or before an absence, think of going to walk your dog so that it is completely relaxed and available to rest. Be careful to give them water regularly.