Dog Crates. Monday , February 05th , 2018 - 15:19:23 PM
Additional accessories such as a pad or a cushion can be added to the crate. It is necessary to take time getting your dog accustomed to it. Your dog has to be trained to get accustomed to the surroundings in the crate. It should not regard the crate as a means of punishment. You must therefore tempt your pet with a bone or a bait to get into his crate. The extra large crate or a crate of any size must also have a safe locking mechanism and should be of a durable construction.
Various crate designs are available, with different qualities. The most common are either welded mesh cages comprised of metal grates for sides, with a removable tray in the bottom for easier cleaning; or, rigid plastic crates, usually with clips that attach the top half to the bottom. Both are sturdy and longlasting designs, but are also bulky and difficult to move. Some metal crates can be disassembled or collapsed, but even these tend to be less convenient than the third type: softsided dog crates, made of nylon or other fabric stretched over a metal frame.
A good idea is also a crate bumper, which is very similar to a cot bumper. Puppies have an instinctive desire to keep their sleeping area clean. Using a crate takes advantage of this and helps your puppy learn to control his bladder between trips outside. He will have accidents, of course, but by using a dog crate as a bed and combining it with a regular toileting, feeding and play schedule, toilet training will be quicker and less stressful for everyone involved. Just remember never to use the crate as a form of punishment.
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