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Foldable Black Cage for Dogs
Member Name: wendybull
Foldable Black Cage for Dogs
Advantages: Easier to toilet train
Our last puppy was dumped in a box by our car at the tender age of 9 weeks. We weren't ready for a puppy or experienced or even prepared but we took her in and she had a happy 10 years with our family. However the first 6 months were horrendous and we vowed never to have another puppy. The damage and mess she caused were unbelievable. This was mostly our fault for not being prepared but when you become a dog owner in the circumstances we did, we could only do our best!
So this time round, having gone back on our vow and researching new puppies - we decided to buy a puppy cage for the first few months of his life. What a fabulous decision!
We brought a Golden Retriever so we needed a pretty large cage to cope with his rapid growth and eventual size and therefore we had to pay the higher price for this. The cage we brought was around the £50 mark and we obtained it new from eBay, but I think they are slightly more expensive in the shops.
It is made from metal and has a smooth black coating on it which makes it look and feel more comfortable than straight metal. The base is a large metal tray which slides out of the main cage to clean it and you simply add blankets, towels or bedding on to the tray for the dog to be comfortable.
The other good thing is that the sides and top all collapse in and fold down to a very slim storage size. Very good idea for when you are finished using it. And to make life even easier mine has two doors, one on the end and one on the side, so wherever you end up placing the cage in your house, there is an easily accessible door for your dog to go in and out of.
The reason for having this cage? Well, Max went into here at night time and was shut in so he had no chose but to bed down and couldn't get up to any mischief. Dogs also don't like to "mess" in their beds so this does help in keeping your puppy clean through the night. As long as in the early weeks you get up in the night and let them out at least once or twice, depending on age, you should have a clean cage and puppy in the morning.
We also used to pop him in there if we went out. Just short periods mind you. This keeps him safe and keeps your house safe too. Nothing can be chewed or poo'd on and you should come home to a happy pup.
We laid a towel over the top of our cage as it helped to create a warmer, darker den feel for him and he certainly seemed happy enough in there.
We seem to have cracked toilet training now "fingers crossed" and the cage has been moved to the back of my car so he can travel in there to the park, but I would have no hesitation in reintroducing it if he starts to chew my house up - although all well at the moment.
I would highly recommend a cage for your pup, it takes a lot of stress and worry out of the early days and having been through those days without one, this time round has been so much better!
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