One of the many fine dog crates on the market can be the best friend you and your pet will ever have. While it may seem like some sort of "cage" to you and I, your animal will regard it as his own personal indoor dog house, a security blanket of sorts where he can go to sleep or escape. Travel models have the added advantage of providing the comfort of home for your animal while in strange or different surroundings. They come in many different styles, shapes and sizes. A general rule of thumb about dog crates are that they should only be big enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down easily. Ideally, it will be just large enough for the animal to sleep on his side, with his legs stretched out.
If buying a travel model, measure your vehicle first to make sure it will fit, or you could be in for a nasty surprise! How much do dog crates cost? You can expect to pay in the range of $50-$125 for a good quality model for medium to large-sized animals. While this might seem a tad steep, keep in mind that it will most likely last for your pet's entire life, and even beyond. Properly used, they can provide true happiness for both owner and pet, and the initial cost is soon forgotten. This can often be a difficult purchase for those with growing puppies. If it's within your budget, you might want to check out the types that include dividers, so it can grow along with your puppy as time goes by. For the largest selection, and often the best value, some of the biggest pet retailers on the net may be your best bet.
You'll find various styles, materials and prices. Some are sturdier or more convenient than others. No matter which way you go, dog crates go a long way to provide a "home within a home" for your pet. How do I use the crate to train my dog? It is important a puppy to be trained to use a crate in order to save time and effort in cleaning up after them while they are still being potty trained. Believe it or not, a puppy is genetically pre-disposed to needing a den.
Though you may have furniture that a puppy likes to lay on, they really need something that is completely enclosed, giving them a sense of security and comfort. Isolated rooms in your house are simply too big for puppies, and can leave them nervous, anxious, and even destructive. Once your pup is housebroken, then you should leave the crate open for them for the entire day.
You will likely find that that your puppy will willingly go into the crate to take a nap at various points in the day. When you have to leave for awhile, you can put the dog in the crate, but not for more then four hours at a time. Remember, even though we as human beings don't wish to be placed in a tiny area where you only have enough room to turn around, you must keep in mind that dogs are not like people. Their ancestors would find safety, shelter, and comfort in their dens. Dogs today find solace and safety inside their crates in the same manner.
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