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Why do dogs cry in their cage?

Updated on July 5, 2009

A criminal serving his sentence would cry in his cell. Would it be surprising for a dog to cry in its cage? The cage will be associated by the pet to being punished. Being inside the cage after all will curtail the freedom of the dog. However, this usually happens if the dog is not properly introduced to the cage. A dog that was trained to love the crate would view it as its den…a place refuge where he would be secure at all times. It would be understandable to see a dog that was suddenly caged to cry. But dogs that are accustomed to being in their cage cry as well. What could be the reason for the crying?

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Curtailed freedom

There are varied reasons why a dog would resist being caged. A dog that is accustomed to run freely would be shocked if it was suddenly shut inside a cage. The dog would certainly cry and create a ruckus.


A dog that was accustomed to the crate would cry to get the attention of the master. The dog may be uncomfortable, hungry or thirsty. The dog may be crying because it wants to go out to do its business.

The dog is lonely

A responsible dog owner should understand that dogs are pack animals. In the wild, dogs stay with the pack. Domesticated dogs consider the family as their pack. What happens if the dog is left alone inside the cage and ignored by the family member? The dog would certainly cry. It would be a good idea to keep the cage where the dog can constantly view the members of the family.

A medical concern

You may not be aware that the dog is sick. Crying is the dog’s way of getting your attention to ask for your help.

The cage

It would be best not to cage the dog immediately so as not to frighten the pet. The cage must be associated with good memories. First off is to make the cage enticing for the dog. Cloth covered foam made into a bed would be comfortable. You can equip the cage with the favorite toys of the dog. The cage should be large enough for the dog to stand and to stretch.

The cage training

A dog must be trained not to “unlove” the cage. The dog should be trained to enter the cage on its own. Lure the dog with its favorite treat placed near the door of the cage. The toys inside the cage will entice the dog to enter. Praise the dog when it enters the cage.

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