Are you going to take your dog with you on vacation or are you planning to go to a specialty show with your pet over the weekend? In both cases, consideration should be given to how to transport the animal with minimal stress to it. A cage is one of the most convenient ways to transport animals. The main thing is to teach the dog to it.
How to crate your dog?
- Place the cage in a place where it will be permanently. Lay a soft couch inside, put toys (not a lot, 1-2 is enough). For puppies, you can additionally lay your unnecessary old thing. During your manipulations with the cage and bedding, the dog should turn around and watch. Pets are very curious and will definitely stick their noses in with you. At this moment, have time to praise him, pat your hand on the couch, offer to climb completely. But in no case do not press, do not force.
- Open Day. Dogs are afraid of confined spaces. Therefore, first, remove the door from the cage or fix it so that it does not suddenly slam shut. Let the dog explore a new location and get in and out as he pleases.
- Use a treat to lure the animal into the cage.Your task is to form a positive opinion about the cage in the dog: it is calm, safe and tasty here.Don't let go of the treat so the dog can't pull it out. The longer the dog stays in the cage, the better.
- Insert the door and when the dog is inside, close it and then open it, showing the animal that there is nothing to fear. Your pet doesn't need extra stress.
- Gradually discard the bait. Have the dog walk into the crate, lie down, or even sleep in it. It is important that she does it on her own, without any encouragement from you.
- When the dog is comfortable in the crate, try closing the door and gently rocking and shaking the cage slightly. Just don't overdo it. This will help you simulate driving sensations for your dog. After all, the cage will shake and shake one way or another.
Dog training at home
It is important for owners to remember that training a dog to do something takes patience and time. The cage is no exception. Do not try to speed up the process, do not be nervous if the dog refuses to enter the crate. It's just that in your case, the training will not go as fast as you would like it to be. But you should not force events so that the howling, barking, nervous behavior of the animal and aggression on its part do not become permanent components of your joint trips. Be careful and patient, because some dogs need time.
With love for your dogs!