Cages, Beds and Your Labrador:
A cage makes an ideal den for your dog
Just like humans dogs need privacy and 'me time', a private space needs to be provided, one that the dog will see as theirs.
In the wild a dog will choose a den, this is the place they regard as home and will return to sleep and store any possessions there.
A cage is ideal for a den, it should not be regarded as a tool to 'look your dog away' but as a safe private space for your dog to retreat to when she wants to be on her own for a while.
First, use the cage to stop your puppy wandering at night, the little darling will soon think of it as her 'space', as soon as possible remove the door so she can freely come and go.
For more privacy cover the cages top back and sides with a throw or blanket leaving only the front exposed so she can come to get in and out unhindered.
We also recommend having a decent bed for the lounge, kitchen or wherever your family gather as she will also want to spend time with the family too and will choose when she wants company and when she wants a bit of peace and quiet in her den.
When choosing a bed it's better to buy a high quality washable dog bed that lasts for many years than to spend £20 every 6 months to replace a cheaper one that gets destroyed or so soiled you have to throw it away.
Note: It is illegal for your dog to travel in the car unless caged in the luggage space or in the back seat wearing a safety harness. If you cannot fit her cage in the luggage space use a harness, to cram a large dog in a tiny 'boot crate' can cause distress.