A Safe Prison of Sorts
The physical looks and appearance of a metal cage might seem cruel and inhumane and it is fully understandable that it might be a turn off for some pet owners. One can most certainly be excused for thinking of it as a prison, but its use can be far from being a punishment if introduced correctly and can end up being a comfort and safe place for your dog.
A crate or metal cage is an extremely useful tool for training and helping a dog to adapt to new situations and introduce strange environments. It can also be successfully used for correcting unwanted behaviours.
If introduced and used correctly, your dog will not only love the crate, it will also be their safe place where they retreat to when they want some peace and quiet or where they run to when they feel insecure. Your dog could even be more happy and balanced than before. I have crate trained my dog since a puppy and many a day when she had a long and busy day you will find her asleep inside her crate all snuggled up and not a care in the world. This makes it so easy for me when she needs to go to the vet or if I need to confine her. So how and for what does this crate training business work you ask?
Why would you want to crate your dog? Here are 8 very good reasons why we think it is a good idea to crate train your dog.
When your dog visit the vets, groomers or boarding kennels they will be kept in separate cages for their safety. If they are not used to being crated, they might get stressed out and injure themselves.
Transporting in a crate is a very safe and secure way of getting your pet from A to B. Not only will you be able to drive safely without them jumping all over you and increasing your chances of an accident, you might also avoid a fine as in many states and countries having a dog loose in the car is a punishable offense.
What if you have repair men working at your house coming and going, leaving gates and doors open? How will you isolate your dog safely?
Great safety and security can be allowed for when you need to clean the house and have to restrict access to certain areas with wet floors or if you have a party with lots of guests or have guests who are allergic or afraid of dogs and you need to restrict contact.
Illness is not something we wish for or plan to happen, but it happens. In the event of a leg injury chances are your dog needs to be restricted from moving in order to give the location a chance to heal. Most of the time cage confinement is recommended. If your dog is already used to a crate or cage, this will not stress them out or make them go crazy wanting to get out and risking even more injury.
6. Toilet training
Crate training is a very helpful and positive aid to help you toilet train your dog. The principle that a dog does not dirty where he/she eat and sleep are being used and when your dog is confined in his crate he will hold it in until it is time to go toilet.
7. Correcting destructive behaviour
Some dogs become destructive when left unattended. It is a great convenience to us and a lesson to our dog to be crated if we have to be absent from home for a few hours.
8. Instill a routine
Dogs that have a daily routine feel more secure and thus tend to behave better than dogs that are left to rule the house. Certain hours of restriction puts a stable routine in their lives
For these useful things to work however, you should never use the crate as a prison or measure of punishment or a cage where they are locked up for hours and hours on end. Be sure to read our guide on how to introduce a crate and get your dog to absolutely love his crate!