Contrary to human perception, cages are a protective and secure environment for a dog as long as they are introduced gently and slowly.

The cage must be of the appropriate size for the breed when it is fully grown, allowing room to manoeuvre and stretch. To the dog the cage represents a 'den', a safe warm environment where they can relax and sleep overnight. If the cage door is left open a dog will often choose to go in of their own free will. The cage should contain bedding, a toy and water.

Cages can help to prevent chewing, especially while your puppy is teething and can be used as a valuable aid- but not a replacement to training! Caged puppies often settle better at night, as they feel more secure and provide a quiet haven for a dog, especially in a busy household. Cages can be taken with you when you travel as they are collapsible and transportable. Taking your dog's 'home' with you can put your dog at ease. This is especially important if your dog has to stay a night at a veterinary practice or kennels.

Find out about Best Behaviour School for Dogs' puppy classes in Sevenoaks.