Why do dogs cry in their cage?

April 13, 2012

Dogs cry in their cage for different reasons. A crying dog is a signal that something is amiss with the dog. Whether you agree with your dog’s point of view will not change the dog’s reason for crying. Dogs cry from fear, discomfort, loneliness, pain, cold, hunger and concern.

With the right training, your dog can enter its cage on its own and under command. If a puppy or dog has not been familiarized with a cage or crate, it can start a crying episode when you first put the puppy or dog in the cage. The animal is unsure of what is going to happen and the cage itself may frighten it.

For an animal that is used to having freedom of movement, the cage can be a shock, especially with the door locked shut. The dog will probably cry if the cage is introduced suddenly. A puppy or dog will also cry when it watches its owner leave as it sits in the cage. To avoid the trauma, a cage or crate must be introduced as a place of refuge for the animal.

Instead of creating bad memories with the crate, you must create good memories. Entice the puppy or dog into the cage and give praise for entering the cage. If you need to cover the cage with a blanket, so the bars are not so visible, then do so.

When you equip the cage, you can create a private and dark place to sleep on a bed with a fabric covered foam cushion. The dog will be happiest if the cage is located where other members of the household are in view.

You also have to make the cage as pleasing to the dog as you can with toys, especially a chew toy. The puppy or dog should want to walk into the cage to check things over. This means, that for the greatest success, the crate itself should be a pleasant and even fun place for the puppy or dog. You can have more control when training a puppy to enter and stay in a cage although you can train an older dog to go into a cage.

A dog must not be left too long in the box or else the dog will suffer from feeling trapped in the cage. A crying dog needs to be heard. You must assess the situation carefully when your dog cries in the cage. When your dog is well trained to be calm in its crate, you will be able to understand what your dog is trying to tell you. With positive reinforcement and consistent training, the cage will be associated with naps, quiet time, traveling, timeout and a safe refuge for your dog.

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