The drive cage: a tool for cleanliness.

By Patricia Durocher • 25 January 2021

What are the benefits of a training cage?

As well as helping to potty train, the crate becomes a safe, personal space for your dog, like his own bedroom. It’s practical to get your dog used to being comfortable in it, whether you’re boarding him, taking him to the vet, or giving him a place to retreat to when he wants some peace and quiet. The use of a cage is not compulsory, but can be a very practical tool.
The crate should never be used to punish your pet.
as the dog will quickly associate the crate with a negative event and will never want to be in it.

How do I choose a cage?

  • Preferably wire-mesh with a tray at the bottom.
  • Large enough to stand, turn and lie down comfortably: about one and a half times the length of your dog.
  • Not too big, as the dog could relieve himself inside.
  • Separators are available to allow the cage to grow with the animal.

The first moments in the cage:

  1. Install the cage in a busy environment such as the kitchen or living room, to prevent the animal from feeling isolated.
  2. Furnish the cage with a blanket, toys and treats.
  3. Before presenting the crate to the dog, make sure it has used up enough of its energy.
  4. Let your pet enter and leave the cage as it pleases. Don’t hesitate to encourage her with toys, treats and congratulations.
  5. When the dog seems comfortable in the crate, close the door for a short time.
  6. It’s normal for the puppy to cry at first, but resist his complaints before opening the door. Wait until he’s calm and reward him when he’s out.

If your dog doesn’t seem to like the crate, place something very tempting in a bowl inside it and close the door, keeping the dog outside. When your dog is ready to go all out for the treat, open the door and let him in without closing it. Repeat the exercise until he’s comfortable getting in and out. You can then start closing the door for short periods.

The first few nights:

Several tricks can be used to calm the puppy during the first night, because for the first time in his life, he’ll be sleeping alone, with his mother, brothers and sisters. For example, a hot water bottle filled with hot water and wrapped in a light cloth will provide warmth and companionship.

The cage can be a good training tool, but only if it is used with positive reinforcement!


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