Another common misuse of the dog crate is using it as punishment.
If you crate your dog as a punishment, you’re using it as a prison and not for any benefit to your dog.
WHAT IS A DOG CRATE? A dog crate is a rectangular enclosure with a top and a door made in a variety of sizes proportioned to fit any type of dog. Constructed of wire, wood, metal or molded confinement for reasons of security, safety, housebreaking, protection of household goods, travel, illness or general control. The dog crate has long been accepted, trusted and taken for granted by dog show exhibitors, obedience and field trail competitors, trainers, breeders, groomers, veterinarians and anyone else who handles dogs regularly. Individual pet owners, however, usually reject the idea of using a crate because they consider such enforced close confinement unfair and even harmful to the dog.
CRUELTY OR KINDNESS? As the pet owner sees it: “Its like a jail – it’s cruel – I would never put my dog in cage like that !” If this is your first reaction to using a dog crate, you are a very typical pet owner. As a reasoning human being you really value your freedom and since you consider your pet as an extension of the human family, it is only natural that closing him in a crate would be mean and inhumane; would probably cause him to resent and even hate you and might well result in psychological damage.
Choosing and Using a Crate for Your Dog | Best Friends Pet Care
Choosing and Using a Crate for Your Dog
Many people refuse to crate or kennel-train their dogs because they feel the confinement is cruel. However, a crate or kennel can give dogs a sense of security. Crate training done properly is also a highly effective management system that can be a lifesaver for dog owners. Like any training method, crating can be abused, but using a crate for appropriate time periods is helpful with a variety of important goals, including house training, preventing destructive , and teaching a dog to settle and relax.Using a crate prevents a dog or pup from getting into trouble when you can't supervise directly. Those times might include at night, when you are at work (provided the work day is not too long and the dog gets exercise before and after), when you are busy cooking, or any other time when your attention is elsewhere than directly on your dog.Crate training is a good choice for just about any dog owner. The only people who shouldn’t choose this method are those that have very young puppies and are away from home all day or those that have unusually long work hours and can’t come home during the day to let the dog potty on a . Occasionally, certain dogs will panic in the crate, even after the proper steps are taken to (this is very rare). Many dogs who experience serious anxiety in the crate can be helped by using a , but if your dog still experiences serious stress while in the crate, he is likely not a good candidate for crate training and should be trained using another method like or , if possible.Selecting the right size crate can be confusing. Some people are inclined to choose a large-sized crate to give the dog lots of room. If you pick a crate that is too large, your dog may use a portion of the crate as a toilet. Pick a crate that is just large enough for your dog to stand up, turn around, and lay down comfortably, at least until the dog is house trained. Most wire crates come with a divider to block off a portion of the crate in order to make it smaller. With a plastic crate, place a box in the back half of the crate to make the space smaller. With these adjustment tricks, you do not have to buy multiple crates as your puppy grows. When your dog is toilet trained but not mature enough to be left loose in the house, feel free to go with a larger crate so the dog really has room to stretch out.