Crate training is a superb way to create desirable behaviors in dogs. Professional trainers advocate for the use of crates because they mimic and satisfy a dog’s instinct to be in a den. At the same time, it can alleviate many problems that arise in the early stages of bonding with your furry family member.
Dog crates are usually made of plastic or collapsible metal walls and should be just large enough for a dog to stand up in and turn around. The crate serves as the dog’s sanctuary and his bed. Here are some positive benefits from crate training.
For the pet parent….
- You know that if you leave your home, your dog is comfortable, protected from ingesting the wrong things, and cannot destroy household objects such as furniture, bedding, and rugs.
- You know that your dog is learning control of its bodily functions thereby preventing accidents and developing a regular routine for going “potty” outdoors.
- You know that you can effectively confine your dog when you have houseguests, repair technicians, and overall confusion where it might be best to remove your dog temporarily.
For the furry family member….
- They are enjoying the privacy and security of their own space. Many times, you will see a dog voluntarily go into their crate when tired or stressed.
- They are avoiding the fear and confusion that comes from your reaction to problematic behavior. Prevention is good.
- They aren’t likely to soil their bed, so they are learning to control their bowels.
- They are learning that time in the crate is temporary which furthers their sense of safety and security.
Dogs are highly social animals, but there are times when you can’t always be by their side or provide constant supervision. Dogs need to feel secure both indoors and outdoors. A crate is a great way to handle the inside part. If you have questions about how crates can benefit your dog’s life, reach out to one of our pet professionals or me directly. I am only a bark away.
Carolyn Lapps is the General Manager at Fetch Family Pet Resort. Her love and passion for all animals began at a young age and has led to a career. She is frequently consulted on pet socialization, family integration issues, and is highly regarded for her experience with domestic animal management and care.