By now, you have probably heard people mention “crate training.” Maybe someone even told you that you need to “crate train your dog.” But what exactly does that mean and why is it deemed so important?
Crate training means teaching a dog to be comfortable in their crate so they relax while inside it, even for a couple hours.
Dogs that are properly crate trained:
A dog that is not properly crate trained:
So why a crate?
You may be wondering why your dog can’t just be left loose, or tied up if you need to secure them. Or how about puppy pen/x-pen? You certainly have a lot of choices when it comes to what to do with your canine friend!
First, dogs are naturally den animals, like most subspecies of Canis Lupus. This means that they naturally like a quiet, secure spot to sleep or rest in. So for an average dog that has not had any bad experiences, it should be easy to make a crate something a dog enjoys, which makes training simpler.
Second, they are the safest and most secure why to keep a dog contained when necessary. Tied dogs can be hung, strangled, get wrapped up in the rope – the list goes on. Puppy x-pens are really made for very small puppies or adult dogs and are easily jumped over or knocked down by larger ones. And almost all of them can move the x-pen, making them ineffective at completely containing your dog. X-pens are only for use when you are there to watch your puppy. Crates keep your dog from getting into things he should not, including your designer shoes and the toxic chemicals under the sink.
Third, they are practical. Crates fit easily into cars, the corner of your room, the vet’s office, even at the dog show. The Center for Pet Safety has proven that crating your dog is the safest way for them to travel in the car.
Fourth, den animals do not relieve themselves where they sleep and/or eat. So, crate training a puppy makes it much easier to house train them – and everyone wants that!
A side note about those against crating dogs
You may have read some articles about people who are against crating dogs. In most cases, what they mean is they are against dogs being crated all the time. This is abuse! Dogs should only be crated for a few hours at a time, as the most.
Now there are a small handful of people who do not think you should crate train at all. They believe your dog should be “free” all the time. The problem with this is, unless you are there 24/7 to watch your free-ranging pup, they could get themselves into trouble and cause harm, even death. Crating a dog is the responsible thing to do for the safety of your pup.
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