Put my dog in a cage? Never! You might feel strongly against these practices. However, despite
certain prejudices, a dog doesn’t necessarily feel trapped when it is inside a cage. On the contrary, it might give certain dogs a sense a security… Here’s an explanation.
My dog when I’m not around
You had your dog when it was still young, so you had the chance to teach it certain educational
bases: do its business in areas intended for this purpose, not to bark constantly, not to chew on your belongings… Then one you went to work and left your dog alone! Certain pets have a hard time coping with this “abandonment”. It can trigger behaviors such as doing damage in the house, barking and screaming, and complaints from your neighbors! These are just signs of anxiety and emotional distress. Your puppy is new to your family and your environment, it has never been alone for more than a couple of hours. It is confused! Take the problem seriously if you don’t want your dog to have bad habits (damaging things or snitching food) or even get into trouble. Young dogs do not make their own education… For starters, it is interesting to know how your dog behaves in your absence: set up its Weenect Pets GPS collar to know its favorite spots during the day. It’ll give you insight on your dog’s habits.
The purpose of a cage
Confining a dog in a closed, but comfortable and safe area, may help relieve anxiety. Promoters of this technique argue that it is simple and efficient to counter the problems mentioned above.
A cage is a safe place where a dog can calm down and stay within hearing and sight range from its masters. Therefore becoming a refuge, just like crates for other dogs. And with a closing door which avoids any messing around when you’re away!
Teach your dog to feel comfortable in its cage by using toys and snacks to draw it inside the cage and associate it with pleasurable things.
Choose a cage and set it up
Choose a fenced cage, with a removable base, where your dog can sit or stand comfortably.
Arrange it nicely: put a pillow and an old blanket in the cage, a few toys, water…
Place the cage in an area with mild temperatures, and not too isolated: your dog should be able to stay involved in the life of your home. It’s not about cloistering your dog in the basement!
Get your dog used to going to its cage, using snacks and toys. Leave the door open when you’re around and close it when you leave the room, even if it is just for 5 minutes. The objective is to get your dog used to being locked inside the cage for a few hours.
A golden rule: the cage should be a comfortable and pleasant space, do not use it as a punishment!
The cage can also be a soothing space for an anxious dog, prevent it from messing up with your furniture and avoid any inconvenience due to barking. However, even if your dog seems to enjoy its cage, don’t think it is a miracle cure. Get advice from a veterinarian or an animal behaviorist if your dog shows signs of anxiety.