Your Guide to Properly Using a Plastic Dog Crate for Your Beloved Pooch
Everyone needs a space to call his own, even if it’s your mutt or purebred dog. Especially your pet, since unless he’s the toy dog variety that doesn’t shed much and is constantly bathed, he won’t be sleeping on your couch or your bed anytime soon. When it’s dealt with properly as well as shopped for as carefully as possible, your dog’s crate can become his cozy little personal space and room whenever he wants privacy. Your plastic dog crate shouldn’t be a cage where it seems like your poor mutt or purebred has no breathing room. It should be the right size. Shih Tzu dogs in particular love finding drawers and shoeboxes to crawl into, and having them get used to their dog crate makes them more disciplined pets.
What Is a Dog Crate Anyway?
A dog crate is a place where your dog can find some privacy. For baby’s it’s like a playpen or a toddler’s cot. For you, it’s like having your own room and bed all-in-one space. For the dog, it’s their comfort zone, bed, and safe haven from scary strangers or noisy children in one place. Aside from beds, you can even use dog crates as a means of toilet training. Puppies instinctually want to keep their sleeping area as clean as possible. Unlike pigs that are happy to wallow in their own filth, puppies value clean beds.
Crate usage for dog bedding ensures that your puppy is more likely to control his bladder issues until he gets to relieve himself outside instead of inside the house or especially inside his crate. Only dogs that don’t view the crate as their beds would ever wet that bed or even soil it (since he probably mistook it as a litter box of sorts). Puppies will be puppies, so accidents will happen in their plastic dog crate. However, by having a dog crate “bedding” and using it together with a regular toilet schedule (along with feeding and playtime), your dog will learn soon enough what to do with Number 1 and 2.
Toilet training just happens to be the most stressful and important part of dog training. A dog that’s housebroken, in fact, has more value than one that isn’t as far as everyone involved is concerned. With the presence of a crate, you can keep your dog clean and disciplined at all times, with no extra cost on your part. No more obedience school, and even Cesar Milan, the dog whisperer, would advocate this fairly straightforward way of dealing with dog potty training. Milan will also suggest you avoid using the crate as punishment.
The more you use the dog crate as your means of punishing your dog, the more your dog will hate the crate and not use it. The same way trauma will make you feel afraid of otherwise innocuous things like lines or social gatherings your dog is also sensitive towards association. Don’t smack or shout at your dog then put them inside the crate. He will, even subconsciously, link the crate with fear. He’ll think he’ll be put there when he did something wrong when that couldn’t be further from the truth.