7 Great Reasons Why Crate Training is a Good Idea
Some dog owners think that crating their pets is cruel and no different than caging an animal. The reality is, however, that responsible crate training can do wonders for your special four legged pal and make his world a positive and safer place. In fact, the following are 7 reasons why crate training is a smart choice for your dog.
1. Dogs are natural den animals and this instinct to live in a shelter for protection has always existed. Thus, a crate can provide your pooch with a feeling of both security and satisfaction.
2. Canines will often search your home to look for a place to call their own. In their attempt to find refuge they will often lie under tables, chairs, etc. Giving them their own personal haven allows them the opportunity to fully relax unbothered.
3. Crates allow dogs to feel completely secure because it is not only a den, but it is something they can rest up against and can see out of so they are not entirely cut off from the environment around them. It is very similar to a baby in a playpen.
4. A crate will keep him safe when you travel and will also keep him out of mischief and potentially dangerous situations when you leave him home alone or cannot watch him.
5. Your pet will be easier to housebreak when he is crated because he will not want to dirty his sleeping spot. Thus, you can teach him to control his bladder before taking him outside.
6. Fewer behavioral problems will develop, such as excessive barking and chewing, as he is more relaxed and inclined to sleep.
7. Dogs who have been properly crate-trained are happier and have better self confidence.
Finally, there are a few important tips to keep in mind in regard to this type of training:
~Never use the crate as a punishment.
~Unless it is bedtime, do not have him confined for more than 3 hours.
~Do not allow anyone to bother him or take things from him while he is in his space.
~Place his home in an area of the house where there is frequent socialization (I.E. kitchen, family room, etc.), so he can see people and still be included.
~Purchase a crate that will accommodate his full size when he is an adult. It should be large enough that he can stand up and easily turn around.
~Furnish his den with soft blankets, sheets and towels and a few special toys.
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