To Crate or Not To Crate?


To Crate or Not To Crate?
Many people refuse to crate or kennel-train their dogs because they feel the confinement is cruel. However, a crate or kennel may give dogs an expression of security. Crate training done properly can be a very effective management system that can be a lifesaver for dog owners. Like any training method, crating could be abused, but using a crate for appropriate time periods is useful with a variety of important goals, including house training, preventing destructive behavior, and teaching a dog to stay and relax.
If a dog is taught through positive reinforcement to love the crate, the crate becomes their own private and safe place, much like a bedroom for a child. The crate or kennel is somewhere canine can go and not be bothered; it is a perfect destination when canine is tired or nervous. Dogs have an all natural instinct to be in a den. Many dogs decide to try a crate very easily.Crate training provides several benefits to owners. A crate that is sized properly (read more about size below) encourages a dog's instinct to not mess where he sleeps, assisting to teach canine bladder and bowel control. This tendency to view the crate as a clean place is a huge benefit house training a fresh rescue dog or puppy, obviously!
Utilizing a crate prevents a dog or pup from getting into trouble whenever you can't supervise directly. Those times might include during the night, when you are at the job (provided the task day isn't a long time and canine gets exercise before and after), when you are busy cooking, or any other time when your attention is elsewhere than directly on your dog.
Crate training also teaches puppies and excitable dogs to expect and enjoy some down time, and conditions relaxed behavior. Dogs and pups could be put in to a crate with a yummy and safe chew or stuffed Kong to help keep them secure, relaxed, and out of mischief for periods of time.
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