All Value Crate dog crates can be easily folded/unfolded following the steps below.
If you buy a crate for an adult pet, please get a crate big enough that is at least 4 inches longer (tip of nose to base of tail) and higher (floor to top of head) than the pet. She should be able to stand up, sit, turn around and lie down on her side stretching out comfortably inside the crate. If you buy a crate for a puppy, please get one that will fit her as an adult. You'd better buy a crate with divider so you can expand the crate area as your puppy grows. If you are in doubt of size, always choose the next size up. A crate slightly large is better than one too small.
Crate training is a very important part of dog training. The idea of keeping your dog confined in a ‘cage’ may seem mean, but dogs actually love their homes after they get used to it. The key is to make the crate a safe and relaxing space for your pet. Crates provide many advantages to you. For instance, your dog can stay in her crate while you’re out, or at any time you cannot monitor her. For your dog, crates provide a secure and safe space where she can ‘get away’ from any undue excitement.
If used preventatively as a way to stay out of mischief, rather than as a place for punishment, your dog will happily go into her crate and spend time there. Also, if she goes through an adolescent chewing phase, you can let her go in her crate with a toy to keep her busy, and she can chew until she’s satisfied. The best time to introduce the crate is when house training as a puppy. Take your puppy to the crate and let her walk around and explore the outside. When you feel she’s ready, put a treat inside and see if she goes in to get it—give her a big hug if she does. If not, don’t force her in and don’t be upset. Wait a few minutes to see what she does, or place her happily and gently inside. A good tip is never to be upset when putting your dog in her crate; if you are, she will view it negatively and may never learn to use it properly. It’s also good to put a treat inside each time you need her to go in, so that you are both happy. Most dogs will not need extra bedding lining the crate, in fact too much bedding can cause puppies to choke, the bottom tray should be enough.
After a week or so of repeating your crate introduction, your puppy should go in of her own accord, or on your command. Once your dog views the crate as her own space, she will not soil it, which will give her one less place to view as a bathroom and will greatly help in housebreaking. Be sure to avoid the biggest pitfall in crate training: do not leave your dog inside for too long (except overnight). Dogs, especially puppies, need time to exercise, play, and interact with you, and too many families put their dogs in their crates and leave them there most of the day. Crates can help when you’re showing your puppy around the house: introduce it one room at a time by moving her in her crate to whichever room you want and letting her out to explore.
When your dog is fully house trained and isn’t chewing too much, you may want to keep the crate around for times when she needs to ‘get away,’ or when you need to bring her to travel with you in our fold and carry crate. Start by giving her plenty of supervised time in your house, and she will soon be fine.
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