Do Dogs Like Dog Cages?

"Let me out of this cage you dirty apeā€¦" typical frightened human.

One of the most common questions coming from dog owners has to do whether or not dogs really like their cage. It's not surprising that so many people ask this, either. One of the biggest fears amongst humans is being locked away in a cage, but for our furry friends this isn't the case.

It's Instinctual

"How could a dog like his cage?" Many naysayers will ask. Well, the answer is that it all has to do with perspective. Humans view the cage as a place of no return, and dogs view it as a safe place for their naps. They view it this way because of their natural denning instinct. Because dogs have a long lineage of wild animals, they are always reverting to their animal instincts. In the wild, a safe, secure nook is a safe place where no harm can get to them and where they can get the sleep that they need. And we all know dogs sleep a lot! Dogs will sleep anywhere from 12-18 hours a day by taking a series of naps throughout the day. The cage becomes the perfect place to get away for a minute.

I don't think I'll ever get to sleep!
Yeah, But What Do They Have to Worry About at Home?

It's true; inside of your home, there aren't the dangers that are found in the wild. But that doesn't mean there aren't things that can disrupt a peacefully sleeping dog. Oftentimes at home, dogs have trouble taking a peaceful nap, especially if there are children in the house! Young children love to wake a sleeping dog by poking and prodding him while he's sleeping. Now, this isn't the worst thing in the world (although with some temperamental dogs that might be a different story), but it does contribute to a dog's love for his cage. Inside of the cage, he feels protected and doesn't have to worry about small nuisances like the children.

Give Your Dog a Cage When He's Still a Puppy

In order for a dog to feel comfortable with his cage, dog owners should introduce the cage to him when he's a puppy. After a little bit of training, he will instinctually take to the cage and make it his very own. Unlike you and your children, a dog doesn't have a room to call his own. By providing him with a cage, you will be giving him his very own nook and making him even more comfortable in your house.

By: Tim Snyder
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