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Benefits Of Using A Crate With
Your Pit Bull
A dog crate is a useful and
popular piece of training equipment that you can use for your Pit Bull.
You can use it either as a dog bed or a training tool. Although some
dog owners, especially novice dog owners, think that the idea of
putting their dog in a crate is cruel and ruthless, using a crate is in
fact a great way to provide security for your Pit Bull puppy,
especially during his first few days in your new home. Placing your
puppy inside a crate in an open area of your house allows him to
investigate his new environment without having to run into potential
Think of the crate as the dog equivalent of a baby’s crib. It is a
great place for him to take naps and breaks. It is also an ideal place
for you to leave your Pitbull puppy without having to worry about him
getting hurt. Never think of a crate as a place for punishment or a
storage box for your puppy when you are done playing with him. He
should be able to associate the crate as a place of comfort and
security, not as any form of negativity.
If you are thinking about getting a crate to leave your puppy in
everyday for a long period of time, or if you are thinking about
putting him in a crate while you are at work, then you might as well
think twice about getting a dog. Locking an intelligent and active
creature in a crate for a long period of time, especially without any
means for him to relieve himself, is a very cruel practice. In
addition, confining your puppy, particularly an active and sociable Pit
Bull puppy, to a crate can lead to serious behavioral problems.
When using a crate for your puppy, place it in an area where he will
not feel secluded from the rest of the family. Placing him inside the
crate on a soft sheet when he starts to fall asleep is a great way for
him to associate the place as his sleeping quarters. Putting his
favorite toy or a chew bone inside will make him feel more comfortable
and “at-home” as well.
Most crates come in either the wire form or one of several plastic
varieties. Wire crates, particularly the suitcase models, provide a
better view and ventilation for your dog. Wire crates are easy to fold
up and pack away for transportation or storage. One known drawback of
choosing a wire crate is that they can be drafty and do not offer the
comfort and coziness that plastic crates provide.
Whatever type of crate you decide to get for your Pit Bull, make sure
that it is large enough for him to stand up in but not too big for him
to walk around in, or he will be inclined to use it as a bathroom.
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