When it comes to buying a cage for a puppy, the majority perceives this step is extremely negative. In our minds, the cage is associated with a "prison for the dogs." Well, how can you put this little sweetie in a cage? Well, not whether is it a mockery, if not cruelty towards defenseless puppy? And you can hear the indignant comments from all sides.
However, this is another common misconception. Of course, you can turn the cage into the prison, which little Jack will be afraid and try to avoid. But you can make it a blessing for both the puppy and for you. Proper training, to teach to the cage, turn it into a "house of Jack," his personal, private area where he can be alone with yourself, to hide himself from the annoying situation.
The main rule in habituation to the cage is never close the Jack in the cage as a punishment!
Training with cage is a great way to give your puppy feel safe and give him confidence.
Make a cage comfortable and cozy nest, put into it a soft surface, new toys, tasty chewable bones. Play around with the puppy for a while, even walk him, then lead into the cage for a while. At first, perhaps, he will whine. Go out into the other room, so he did not see you. When he calms down, go back, open the cage, release Jack. Play around with it. Gradually increase the time of his stay in the cage.
Very soon your Jack will go to his house himself, and remain there, even with the door open, regarding it as his private territory.
Explain to your children that when the puppy in a cage, they shouldn’t touch him. Teach them to respect the personal space of the dog.
When Jack learns to sit in a cage, you may be tempted to leave the puppy in a cage for hours, even when you're home. Don’t do that, let him out of the cage at once, as you arrived home. Praise him for his independence, encourage him by the play and treats. Remember that cage is an important tool in training a puppy, not a prison. Use it wisely.
How to choose a cage? It should not be too big and not too small. In the cage should be enough space for a comfortable bedding, toys, a place for the toilet (tray filler). Provide access to fresh water, for which there are special bowls that attach to the cage.