a dog in a crate for a long time. In the case of a puppy, the crate must be strictly used as a “play-pen” for general confinement. Having plenty of space for a cosy sleeping area at one end and papers at the other for elimination, also with space for small “non-tip” bowls, one for water and one for dry food.
Crate or no crate, any dog constantly denied the human companionship it needs and craves is going to be a lonely pet – and may still finds ways to express anxiety, depression and general stress.
WHAT KIND OF CRATE IS BEST?
The most practical kind of crate for use by the pet owner is the collapsible wire mesh type. They are available in a wide variety of sizes. Lightweight and easily handed, it allows ventilation and permits the dog to see everything going on around him.
WHAT SIZE SHOULD A CRATE BE?
A crate should always be large enough to permit any age dog to stretch out flat on his side without being cramped and uncomfortable. It is better to use a crate too large than too small.
WHERE SHOULD I PUT IT?
Since one of the main reasons for using a crate is to confine a dog without making him feel isolated or banished, it should be place in, or as close as possible to a “people” area – kitchen, family room, etc. To provide an even greater sense of “den security” and privacy, it should be put in a corner and/or have the sides and back loosely draped with a towel or light blanket, which can be easily adjusted for visibility and air. Another good place is under a working surface in the kitchen.
CRATING THE PUPPY
A young puppy (8-12 weeks) normally has no problems accepting a crate as his own place. Any complaining he might do at first is caused not by the crate but by learning to accept the controls of his new unfamiliar environment. Actually, the crate will help him to adapt more easily to his new world.
HOW TO USE A CRATE.
Place the crate in a “people” area – the kitchen if possible, in a spot free from draughts and not near a direct heat source. For bedding use an old blanket or towel which can easily be washed. Avoid putting paper under the crate, since its odour may encourage elimination. I usually put a few layers of paper under the bedding at first in order to mop up any moisture. But after a few days remove it, as I find puppies