Petra Hines. Dog Crates. February 01st , 2018.
Wire crates usually can be folded for storage or transport, although it might be difficult to do and they are fairly heavy for their size. Both aluminium and wire crate have excellent airflow and vision for the dogs. They are both suitable for use at veterinary hospitals, car travel, as a permanent den for your dog inside the home and in breeding kennel environments. There are a variety of covers and pads available to make crates safe and more comfortable. Wire crates are also popular at dog shows; they allow the dog to be clearly seen by spectators, and the sashes, rosettes and ribbons won can be hung on the crate for display.
There is a perfectly sized steel crate for any breed of dog. Dog owners should be sure that dog crates have enough room for dogs to stand up, lie down and move around comfortably when they purchase a dog crate. You love your dog and dont want him to feel cramped and uncomfortable. Steel dog crates are roomy and give all of the room that dogs need to feel safe, secure and comfortable. If a dog does not feel comfortable in a crate, it is going to be more of a challenge to get him into one.
If you shout at your dog or smack him and then put him into his crate he will see his crate as a place to be feared: those associations are the last thing you want to create. You dont want your puppy to toddle off into a corner of his crate to go to the toilet, so get a crate with a divider. This can be moved as he grows, and discarded once he is grown and/or completely housetrained. If you are getting a dog crate as a bed for a dog that is already fully grown, make sure the crate is big enough for him to stretch out, stand up and turn around comfortably.
It is best to begin crate training with dogs while they are puppies, but older dogs can be trained to go into crates as well. The best way to start is to set the crate up without any expectations of the dog actually going in. Let the dog check the crate out and get used to it. Once the dog is used to the crate, begin to put treats or toys inside to persuade the dog to go in. It is usually only a short time before dogs begin to go into the crates of their own volition. Once they start going in, begin closing the door for short periods of time, gradually increasing the time, and before you know it, your dog will be crate trained.
I have found my dog will happily chew her rawhide bone as she is dropping off to sleep in her crate and again when she wakes. Especially first thing in the mornings this can give me a much appreciated extra fifteen minutes of sleep. It is a good idea to give your dog some treats when you put him in his crate, to reinforce positive feelings: a little snack before he settles down to sleep would go down well. If your dog wears a collar make sure you remove it before he goes into the crate. Dogs have choked to death when their collar or Id tags have caught on the crates bars.
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