Home sweet home isn't always the case when it comes to leaving your dog in the house unattended. A mischievous canine can not only turn a neat home into a bit of a mess but can also hurt themselves by getting into things that they shouldn't. If in doubt, a gate or playpen is a perfect solution to keep your small dog out of harm's way without having to utilize a cage or crate.
Gates and playpens for containment are available to suit many tastes. For instance, you can choose from metal or wood styles depending on which is a better match to your décor. Additionally, you can select a freestanding gate or one that pressure mounts to your wall using very tight tension rods. The benefit of a freestanding gate is its versatility; you can move it into any room in the house while pressure-mounting keeps the gate in place in one room, yet avoids hammers and nails.
Dogs are den animals and feel secure in small enclosed spaces. By nature, they will avoid excreting waste in the place where they den and prefer it to be as clean as possible. Dog crates make excellent dens when sized properly. The idea that placing a dog in a crate is cruel is a common misconception. Crates should be used throughout a dog’s life and the sooner you introduce your dog to their own crate the better off you both will be.
A dog’s instinct is to please their owner and most problem behaviors occur while the owner is away. If the dog is in a crate while you are away problem behaviors are avoided and they usually spend most of this time sleeping. Introducing your pet to a crate is one of the best steps you can make toward a properly balanced dog. Crate-trained dogs also travel easier with their dens since they feel secure. This also helps when visiting the veterinarian or groomer who uses crates.