To Crate Your Dog or Not - What Dogs really Prefer
To Crate Your Dog or Not - What Dogs Really PreferAre you wondering if it is good or bad to crate your dog? Crates, kennels and dog carriers provide security, training and comfort benefits for dogs of all ages. In addition, the accessories you add to a crate give your dog a cozy place to retreat, curl up and sleep.
Dogs Like Crates
The natural tendency of dogs is to crate themselves. As descendants of wolves, domestic canines actually like to have a den. If you have ever noticed your dog crawling under a coffee table, the table beside your bed, under your desk, or backing into a corner, then you have observed “crating” behavior! Dogs feel secure when they have shelter over their head with surrounding walls and an escape opening!
Types of crates depend upon the size of the dog, living conditions for the pet and lifestyle of the owner. Crate Styles...Kennel: Solid sided plastic or cloth kennels with a see-through door are helpful when your dog stays in a separate room at night or while you are away.
Metal Crates:Metal crates are available in all sizes and help you train your dog as he or she grows. Small puppy crates can help you with housebreaking, because dogs will not mess where they sleep. Adult dogs may like to have a larger crate indoors to use as their personal retreat.
Dog Carriers: Dog carriers are a convenient, luxurious and stylish way to carry your smaller dog with you for public excursions such as pet shows, agility competitions and park visits. Carriers are smaller versions of the crate that are lightweight and easy to carry, can fit under an airplane seat and provide a temporary kennel space when you are on vacation. One example is the luxurious Jaraden Mon Ami Pet Kennel Carrier with multiple features for ventilation, padding, safety tether, handles and pockets.
The most important advice from dog trainers is to use the crate as a place for safety, security and comfort when you train your pet. If you use the crate as a disciplinary space, then your dog will not have good feelings about being placed in any sort of enclosure.
To get your puppy or new dog used to a crate, use reward training. Each time you place your dog in the crate, give a treat, say “good girl” or “good boy” and give a pat on the head. With repetition, the dog will learn that the crate is their space and want to go there. The ideal situation is when you say “time for bed,” your dog prances eagerly to the crate and curls up willingly on the kennel liner, crate pad or blanket, right inside.
Whichever crate method you use, be sure to make the surroundings cozy and welcoming. You can choose from a variety of liners, pads and blankets to place in the bottom of the kennel or crate. Puppies will be attracted to soft furry crate blankets that remind them of their time with Mother. Crate Pads that are thick and even orthopedic give additional cushion and comfort to older dogs. Accessories can include a favorite plush toy or a treat. Be sure the toy is not small enough to swallow or fragile enough to be chewed and ingested. It is best to leave a food treat only when you can supervise the dog’s consumption to avoid the risk of choking. Our beloved dogs deserve only the best care and attention.
When we provide a cozy nest for them to call their own, we provide security, good habits and comfort for that furry one we love! Go ahead; crate your dog and line with a nice, comfy crate pad or fur blanket to encourage sweet dreams!