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The security Belle needed!
Foldable Black Cage for Dogs
Member Name: kaitlinsmummy
Foldable Black Cage for Dogs
Advantages: Aids training and house training, provides security for Belle.
Disadvantages: Could be misused, take plenty of advice before use.
As we have had a puppy recently for the first time we have been taking advice from whoever wants to offer it (which is normally my best friends husband, who has always had dogs from pups), so with his advice i decided to invest in a dog crate.
My initial problem was trying to get Belle used to being in a room at night, and getting her to stop crying and howling at night, and due to where we kept her at night (the hall) she had also discovered that due to a rather rattly door to the front room, not only could she howl and cry, but also throw herself at the door for optimum disruption!
My friend suggested a dog crate as apparently is gives them a feeling of security, and due to them never going to the toilet in their own beds, this could also be an aid to house training (which we were trying with varying degrees of sucess!).
After a visit to our local Pets at home, i decided that i didn't really need fashionable, but rather funchional, so went for the value folding flat dog crate, complete with sturdy base tray.
There are a few different sizes available, ranging from -
X Small: H 61 x W 44 x D 49cmSmall: H 76 x W 49 x D 53.5cm;
Medium: H 63 x W 57 x D 91cm;
Large: H 77 x W 81 x D 108cm;
X Large: H 118 x W 77 x D 81cm. (courtesy of pets at home website)
We opted for the large crate, knowing that Belle is quite small now, but will eventually get much bigger, and this size cage is specified as being suitable for Border collie dogs, along with larger spaniels too.
In it's boxed state it is flat packed, and i did wonder just how easy this would be to set up as i am not really one for flat packed furniture, but the box and the instructions reassured that it was a no screw deal, so when i removed it from the outer wrap i pleased to find you literally lift it up and it forms it's box shaped, with there being a few little securing clips and hey presto, instant dog crate!
The cage is really made, with there being not sharp edges to speak off, and the metal is coated in an almost plastic coating, but is completely chew proof, which Belle can attest to!
The base board is incredibly sturdy, and wipeable too, with it being held in a small compartment in the base of the cage, but can be simply slid out to be wiped down (which i do frequently with diluted Zoflora).
The cage (if you don't want it to be used as a toilet) has to have the dogs bedding placed into it, with Belles rather substantial bed filling the best part of the cage and as of yet we have had no accidents (so far!).
My husband was really quite apprehensive about the crate, when i purchased it he was quite against the idea, saying that it was cruel, but after a good amount of research and personnal reccomendation (and the fact that we hadn't slept properly for nearly a week!), he let me get on with it.
Belle's first impression of the cage to me was amazing, she growled at the outer box (a lot!), then once her bed was put into it she crawled staright in and went to sleep!
Since then she goes in at night and when i am out of the house, (though never longer than three hours at a time), with regular toilet breaks.
I have found that she no longer cries at night, but rather snuggles down into her bed and goes straight to sleep, and it has also house trained her (within two days!), as soon as she comes out of her cage she now goes and sits at the back dog to go into the garden to do her buisness, so the crate has done exactly what i wanted it to, and Belle seems really happy with it herself.
Price wise this was a really quite expensive item to buy, with the cage being £60.00 for the large size, but in terms of training has been completely invaluable and i would highly recommend this product to any new owner of a puppy.
There are of course always going to be people who deem this sort of training as cruel, but as long as the cage is used correctly and not misused, this is a really good addition to your puppies training regime.
For more information visit - www.petsathome.com alternatively visit in store, the staff have been really helpful and have given me plenty of advice for Belle.
Thanks for reading x
Summary: A really good aid to dog training.
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