Both puppies and adult dogs, a dog crate can be a useful dog training tool for all ages. Dogs naturally want shelter even indoors, they will find it under a table, chair or bed, practically anywhere that will make them feel safe and secure. By offering your dog a crate, you give them the security they want in a safe, clean environment that you control. Dogs naturally avoid tanning their ‘den’ and by putting your puppy in a cage you encourage them to hold their bladder until it is in a suitable area. After dogs reach maturity from 3-6 months, they gain the ability to hold their bladder and potty training becomes more possible.

Using a dog crate is meant for dogs of all ages, not only can it be useful for potty training, but also to prevent damage to property. Keeping your dog crated while you are out of the house or at work can eliminate coming home to a house full of chewed up pillows and dirty carpets.

When trying to decide when to stop using a dog crate, the answer depends entirely on the dog. Some will only use a cage while they are still puppies, but others will use their cage as their own place to feel safe throughout their lives. For older dogs, small children and other pets can cause your dog to become stressed, and having a place where they can go to feel safe and alone is essential to the well-being of some dogs. Other dogs prefer hustle and bustle in everyday life, and then a dog cage is not necessary. Be sure to place your cage close to the daily activity of the house, dogs are naturally social animals and usually require the presence of their masters.

To prevent barking, a dog cage should be used. Typical dog cages are constructed of metal wire and are exposed on 5 sides, but by simply using a cover, which can be a towel over the top, your dog’s visibility is reduced. If your dog doesn’t know you’re there, he won’t bark for attention. If you feel that your dog is suffering from separation anxiety and is showing signs such as excessive chewing and salivating, scratching walls, floors and doors (most often exit doors) and in the worst case, attempts to escape through windows and doors, seek professional attention for the best way to help your dog.

One last thing to make sure is to get a cage that fits your dog, having a cage that is too big can make a dog feel uncomfortable and a cage that is too small will not be comfortable. By using the right dog crate, you can relieve the stress of coming home to a broken home and help your dog feel safe.

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