It doesn’t matter what it’s called - a crate, cage, carrier or den, a dog’s personal space is not a jail! It’s a safe haven, a secure place, a comfort zone. It’s home. As soon as you get your new dog to your home, introduce it to its home. It’s easier than you think. This becomes your pup’s private place. As well, it needs a play space. Again, call it what you will, a play pen, playroom, exercise pen, This can be either a purpose built wire mesh pen or a small room in your home, for example the kitchen or, less attractively, a bathroom with baby gates on the exit doors. (Remove all carpets and chewable articles if you’re using a room.) Your pup’s playroom will include its den with comfortable bedding in it, in one corner, a toilet area in another corner, a bowl of fresh water in a third corner and its hollow chew toy, stuffed with yummies. These are available either from reception or out on-line shop.
Why You Should Use A Crate And A Play Pen
We are often asked for as much advice about a dog’s behaviour as we are about canine health and we know it’s far, far easier to prevent problems than to overcome them once they’ve developed. At the root of avoidance and prevention is providing a pup with its own den and play area. Training your pup to think of its crate as its safe sanctuary is dead easy. Training your spouse / partner / kids / parent or whoever, that a crate isn’t a jail is the tough part so let’s dispassionately look at the facts. By providing your puppy with a den and a play pen, what you’re really doing is confining it either to a small space - for short periods of time - or to a larger space - for longer periods - but in either instance to a limited and known environment where it’s difficult for it to make mistakes. In a nutshell, the fewer mistakes your pup makes, early in life, the easier and more enjoyable both your life and its will be. Restricting your pup to a crate or play pen allows it to teach itself to use a toileting area, to teach itself to chew on appropriate objects, to teach itself to be comfortable in its own company. The crate protects your puppy from harm, including accidental injuries from kids or adults. It prepares your dog for the inevitable reality of virtually all pet dogs, and that is to be left occasionally at home alone.