When you get a new puppy using a metal dog crate to house him is a great idea. It will give him a sense of security in a strange new environment and it will give you peace of mind when you aren’t with him. Having a crate trained dog is probably the best step you can make for your new family friend. It will keep him out of trouble by limiting what he can chew on while you’re gone and it will help to reduce or even eliminate accidents in the house.
When you decide to use a metal dog crate to house your dog the first thing you need to do is ensure that the crate is going to be large enough for the dog as it grows. This is important because your dog will need to feel secure and have plenty of room all at the same time. If your dog is going to be a big dog, invest in the larger sized cage, that way you aren’t going to have to continually purchase a new crate as he grows.
Training your dog to use the metal dog crate as his home is really pretty simple. It is best to start the first day or two that you own the dog. It will help him to know that this is his place in the house. First start off by putting something in the cage that your dog will enjoy, a chew toy, or treat works best. Then give him some time to investigate. He may stand at the opening and peer in for several minutes before taking those fist tentative steps. Whatever you do don’t toss him in and shut the door. You want it to be his idea as not to scare him.
Once he starts going in and out of his crate with ease then start restraining him at the door with your hand. After a few moments let him pass, continue to do this until he seems more comfortable with his surroundings. The final step is to shut the door.
You don’t have to walk away at first but allow him to see you. After a few minutes let him out and continue this until you can back away without him crying. Don’t forget to praise him at every step.
A metal dog crate will give your new puppy peace and comfort as he adjusts to his new home.
If you want your dog to be comfortable in his metal dog crate, it’s a good idea to make sure he’s in a crate that’s the right size. Too large, and he may have a potty accident (if he’s not housebroken yet), too small and he will feel cramped and unable to move.
Surprisingly to us, dogs like the safe secure feeling of a den, that a relatively small crate can provide. Don’t feel bad about putting your dog in a dog crate. It’s a good way to keep him safe while you are out of the house.