The first and most important thing you should when you become a new dog owner is to buy a dog crate. There are however many creates available in the market today. You therefore need to do research about some of available crates before you can make a good purchase.
A good crate should have the following qualities;
-Comfortable for your pet
Soft dog crates meet all the above qualities making them ideal for your pet.
How to introduce your dog to soft dog crate
Training your dog to get used to the crate can be a hard nut to crack at first. However, as time goes by, the dog will get used to it. The secret to quickly introducing your dog to the crate is associating all the things your dog likes with the crate. By placing items such as dog treats in the crate, it will encourage your pet to adapt easily to it. The easier way to achieve positive results is by placing a treat directly in the crate and encouraging your dog to go for it. Once it eats it up, place another and another. By doing this on a regular basis makes the dog believe that it is only in the crate where he can get such treats. This in turn will make them get in without you necessarily applying force. It might however be a hard task for hard headed dogs but with time they should get used to the practice.
If your dog is well trained and doesn’t mess their sleeping area, then you can use the soft dog crate at night. In case the dog wants to go for a call, then you will hear him making some whimpering noises and then you can open up for him. For the case of puppies, you should be ready to wake up at least two times at night to let the puppy out for nature call. Also ensure that you don’t leave puppies for long hours without checking up on them.
Benefits of using soft dog crates
-The crates are highly flexible since you can easily fold and move them from one point of the house to another. Some even go to the extent of having a wire that makes it easy for you to fold the crate into a rectangle or square.
-The crate also helps your dog improve their bladder control measures. As long as you are around to ensure the dog is not left in the crate for too long, then he will not mess it up.
-The crate is good for travelling as it offers enough space and its soft walls provide comfort for your puppy.
-It is harder for the dog to escape from a soft sided crate
As you have seen, a soft dog crate is a very comfortable place for your dog. However, you should never use the crate as a way of punishing your pet. Ensure the dog understands the crate as the most comfortable, warm and safest place to be. This is the best way for them to learn.