Dogs are known to be den animals because they like to feel safe and secure. This can be seen in the places they choose to relax – for example they may prefer spending most of their time sleeping or resting in the corner of a room or under the table.
Because they like to feel secure, getting your dog a crate is a great way to help them feel safe. A crate will provide your dog with a sense of security because it is somewhere your dog can go when tired.
Why does my dog need a crate?
A dog crate is similar to a dog cage: it has either metal or plastic bars with a door to allow your dog to go in and out. It is also somewhere your dog can retreat to when you have visitors in the house. Dog crates are also useful because they provide a way of transportation for your pet in short trips inside the car.
Dog crates are popular because they are used to train puppies and dogs. The crate is used to keep your dog confined when you’re not around to watch them and it’s used to toilet train your pet. Most dogs won’t soil their place, especially if they have the opportunity to this elsewhere, so your dog is more likely to hold it when inside the crate. Being contained inside the crate teaches your dog to not have accidents in your home as they will wait until they are outside.
What you need from a dog crate?
Size is definitely important when it comes to choosing a dog crate. To help you to choose the right size crate for your dog you need to measure your dog to make sure there is enough space. Your dog needs enough space to lie down or to turn around. Make sure that the crate isn’t too big as this will defeat its purpose of providing security.
Crates can be metal or plastic bars that allow your dog to see through them and some have a fabric covering. Crates come in a range of prices so you can get a material that suits your home and your budget.
Where can I keep it?
Once you’ve selected the crate, the best place to put it is in the corner of a room. This way it won’t obstruct any walkways and people will be less likely to trip over your dog. Make sure it’s placed in a room away from heaters and isn’t positioned near to any drafts. You would want your dog to be as comfortable as possible.
Because your dog loves to be around you, keep the dog crate in a room which you and your family are in often. If you spend most of your time in the living room keep the crate in here. If you and your family spend most of the time in the kitchen catching up over the dining table keep the crate in there. Your dog will like to be a room where it can hear and see you all.
Category: Dog Care