I love my little doxie/minpin mix and wouldn’t trade her for the world. She can be a handful though. When I brought her home, I was surprised that the shelter recommended I get her a Precision Crate dog cage of her own. I’ve had lots of dogs over my lifetime, and none ever had a cage. It seemed to me to be a cruel thing to lock a loving pet up into a dog crate. but, in spite of my hesitancy, I followed their instruction and got her a cage and a bed for it. Took the cage and the bed and the dog (along with everything else a new dog owner needs) home.
Princess enjoyed her new room the Precision Crate
Princess went into her new cage and I left the door open for her. To my amazement, I found that she
enjoyed being in her “room.” Later I talked with a dog trainer who explained to me it was like giving her a space of her own where she could feel safe. I found that when I left she would go into her room voluntarily and seemed quite content. Of course, I never left her alone over an hour or so. As she got a bit older and more used to the rules of the house, I would leave the “room” door open and she could go in or not as she chose. It was surprising to me how often she chose to use her room when given a choice.
Dog Crates and Cages can help with Potty Training your Pet
Having a cage that is the right size can help with potty training as dogs generally won’t go in their “room.” It can also be a way to protect the dog and visitors if the dog is upset by strangers coming to the home. This can be so even if the stranger is a friend of yours, but the dog doesn’t know them yet.
I found my dog will quit barking at the guest much sooner when she is in her room. Of course, having the doggy doors let’s her have the freedom to come in the house or go outside as her option and having the cage gives her the freedom to choose where she would like to be. I highly recommend using a cage if you haven’t tried one. It is also great from car traveling, although for airline travel I would recommend a travel crate. For dogs who are transported in vehicles a lot, they are sturdier than cages and can provide more protection for your pet in the event of an accident.