How To Use Dog Crates

Humans have turned dogs into pets over the past few generations. While they are friendly towards people they still retain a few traits from their relative, the wolf. This can be seen in a wolf den, as cubs mature they learn to do their business outside the den. This behavior ensures that the den remains clean. Dogs also use dens to raise their young and to be sheltered from the elements.

Dog Crates can be used as a den for your pup. These crates are sturdy and long lasting with various sizes depending on the breed.

The crate is versatile and has several uses including:

-Training

After every meal take the pup outside. Only play with your pup after he has defecated. If he hasn't gone after a few minutes put him back into his crate. Do this again in 10-15 minutes. Once your dog has done his business you should give him plenty of praise.

-Keeping them away from kids.

Your pup may need alone time. If you cover the crate with a cloth your child will know that the puppy needs rest.

-Safe environment when you are away.

If you are not going to be home you can place your puppy in the crate. This will prevent your puppy from damaging furniture and other belongings. If your puppy damages something you can put him in the crate and give him a warning.

-A timeout zone.

The crate can be used as a way to calm down and overly excited puppy. When he is placed in his crate he will realize that the behavior was wrong and will naturally relax in a comfortable environment.

As your puppy matures you can leave the crate unlocked. He may start using the crate to take naps when he is tired. You can still leave your pup locked in the crate when you go out thought it is important for your puppy to get daily exercise. Some have suggested that it is bad to leave a puppy locked in a crate. Humans believe this as they would not like to be locked in a small cage. People fail to realize that dogs, unlike humans, feel safe and secure in dens which is similar to the crate.

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Aaron Woo is a happy dog owner and traveler. He has many years experience in the pet care industry and now works as a freelance consultant. Check out his blog for dog travel tips. There you can get advice on dog travel and a good selection of pet dog ramps for cars.

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