Blog PostsWhy Crates Are Great!

January 27, 2023

When you crate train your dog, you are giving them the gifts of boundary, peace, and security. A crate is not a “cage” or a punishment; it is a den-like space for your dog to rest and a safe spot they can go to be alone if they want to get away; it is also the best way to house train a new puppy. We encourage you to use the crate as a tool to teach your dog boundaries and to keep them safe when they are alone.

Here are some tips for crate training your dog:

1. Introduce the crate gradually: Start by placing the crate in a room where you spend a lot of time, and encourage your dog to explore it on their own. You can also place treats and toys inside the crate to make it more appealing.

2. Make the crate comfortable: Place a soft blanket or dog bed inside the crate to make it more comfortable for your dog.

3. Start with short periods of confinement: Begin by confining your dog in the crate for short periods of time, gradually increasing the duration as your dog becomes more comfortable.

4. Use the crate as a positive place: Don’t use the crate as a punishment, instead, use it as a positive place where your dog can go to rest and relax.

5. Don’t leave your dog in the crate for too long: Puppies and adult dogs should not be left in the crate for more than 2-4 hours at a time. It’s important to provide your dog with regular opportunities to relieve themselves and get exercise.

6. A dog’s crate should be its own private spot to rest. Children should never be allowed to crawl into a dog’s crate with them, no matter how loving and affectionate your dog may be.

Crate training takes time and patience, but with consistent training, most dogs can learn to accept confinement in a crate. It is important to remember always to supervise your dog in the beginning while they are in the crate and to never leave them in the crate for extended periods of time without providing them with the necessary care and attention. Some dogs love their crate while others have no experience spending time in a crate and find it very stressful; you will have to find the balance that works best for you and your dog.

There are multiple benefits of crate training:

1. Housebreaking: Crate training can be an effective way to housebreak puppies, as dogs naturally do not want to soil their sleeping area. When a puppy is confined to a crate, they are more likely to hold their bladder until they are let out, which can make the housebreaking process easier.

2. Safety: A crate can provide a safe and secure space for your dog when you are not able to supervise them. This can be especially helpful for puppies and dogs who are prone to getting into things they shouldn’t.

3. Transportation: A crate can be a safe and secure way to transport your dog in a car. It’s important to use a crate that is appropriate for your dog’s size and weight, and to secure the crate in the car to prevent it from moving around while you are driving.

4. Separation anxiety: Some dogs may suffer from separation anxiety when left alone, and a crate can provide a sense of security for them and keep them safe.

It is important to remember that a crate is not the same as a dog-sitter and crate training is not a substitute for regular exercise and socialization. Your dog needs plenty of opportunities to get exercise and interact with people and other dogs, but having a quiet space to decompress and stay safe in the home is an important part of a dog’s life.

Happy crate training!

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