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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 is a tool, using a crate for appropriate time periods is helpful with a variety of important goals, including house training, preventing destructive behavior, and teaching a dog to settle and relax….
If a dog is taught through positive reinforcement to love the crate, the crate becomes his or her own private and safe place, much like a bedroom for a child. The crate or kennel is somewhere the dog can go and not be bothered; it’s a perfect destination when the dog is tired or nervous. Everyone needs a little quiet time now and then.
Crate training provides a number of benefits to owners. A crate that is sized properly encourages a dog’s instinct not to mess where he sleeps, helping to teach the dog bladder and bowel control. This tendency to view the crate as a clean place is a huge benefit house training a new rescue dog or puppy, of course!
Using a crate also 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, (although we hear daycare is a great option ?) when you are busy cooking, or any other time when your attention is elsewhere than directly on your dog.
We hope we’ve shed a little light on how great crate traingin can be for you and your pup!
Until next time!