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Is crate training cruel?
Sometimes new dog owners think that crates are cruel.
They think of prison and animal testing.
Try to see the dog cage from your dog’s perspective if you find yourself thinking along these lines.
Dogs are like wolves in that they live in small, dark, enclosed spaces.
Many dogs run under tables or behind furniture when scared. When it comes to their definition of a safe hiding place, they still prefer wolves.
To apply human values to a crate is to see it from a human perspective.
A quick look at crate-trained dogs whose daily needs have been met, will show you lots of snoozing, happy pups in their crates.
The pups are chewing a Kong.
It is clear that these guys are not mistreated.
Dog crates can be abused.
It is not recommended to leave a puppy or dog in a crate for long periods of time. How to avoid this happening later on will be looked at. Check out the pros of puppy crate training.
The benefits of crate training a puppy
Prevention is a word.
Dogs are creatures of habit, and once they start to do something undesirable. They are likely to keep doing it.
One of the goals of bringing your puppy home is to encourage, reward and develop the behaviors you want. To prevent the behaviors you don’t want.
Unsupervised puppies may be prone to destruction.
Consuming dangerous substances, including chewing your furniture or belongings, toileting inside, raiding kitchen counters for crumbs, and consuming electrical cables.
Some of these activities are dangerous. The rest of them are a problem because the more they practice, the more they will do them.
Crate Training Pros
Puppies try to hold onto pees and poops in a crate because they don’t want to soil where they sleep.
You can get on with cleaning, cooking, accounts, piano practice, school run. It is safe in the knowledge that you will not return to a mess.
You can avoid accidents in the house when you return.
Puppy potty training with a crate is quicker if there are fewer accidents.
Your belongings are out of the puppy’s reach. It is not possible for the puppy to make the wrong choices about what to chew.
Anything that could be dangerous is out of the puppy’s reach.
Once your puppy is crate-trained, you can bring a crate with you when travelling and your puppy will have a home-from- home in the hotel room.
Dog crates and illness
If your puppy ever has to go to the vets for a procedure or surgery, she will be crated in a dog cage.
She will be less stressed before and after her surgery if she is used to being confined in this way.
Exercise can be restricted for some dogs due to illness or surgery.
Crating will cause no stress if your dog was crate-trained.
A few years ago, my elderly dog had surgery and needed a few weeks of crate rest.
Had she never been crated before, the idea of trying to confine her would be impossible.
We are sold on the benefits of crate training a puppy. What is the best crate for my puppy?
What type of crate should I buy?
A metal/wire dog cage is the most common type of crate for dogs.
Solid plastic crates are often used for air travel. Soft fabric crates are also available.
Most new puppy-owners would benefit from a metal crate. These can be used for storage or transportation.
Solid plastic airline crates can work well, but they don’t collapse flat, are bulkier, and are more expensive.
It can be difficult to keep an eye on what your puppy is doing in the crate.
The fabric crates for dogs are lightweight and easy to transport.
They can be torn or ripped by puppy teeth and claws, so they are not a good choice until your puppy learns to relax in a dog crate.
If your puppy has any toilet accidents in the crate, you should wait until toilet-training is complete to try a fabric crate.
You will need to make sure you choose the right size for your dog after selecting the best type of dog crate.