On the fence on whether or not to crate train your dog? Let us share our 5 awesome reasons why crate training will make your life easier and your dog’s life better.
Why crate training dogs is worth it
- It’s instinctual. Ever notice Fido hiding underneath furniture and bedding or some other small confining place where they don’t fit. This is because dogs are den animals. Puppies spend their first few weeks in a den with their mother and learn that dens are a safe, clean place to live. It is also the natural place dogs go to seek refuge. In the modern world, dogs will seek out their crate as a place of peace and quiet in your busy household.
- Potty train easier. Dogs don’t like to pee where they rest, so a crate is a valuable potty training tool. Puppies will instinctively wait to go potty when they are inside the crate. So skip the wee wee pads and start going potty outside. Remember puppies should be let outside immediately after eating and drinking. Visit our blog post for more potty training tips.
- Travel more. Dogs that are accustomed to crates will experience less stress when traveling. This gives you the freedom to bring your dog with you to more faraway places.
- Provides safety. Having a big party or kids over? Maybe there are fireworks happening outside? Or a big storm? If you crate train your dog, you now have a safe and secure place your dog loves and can relax during stressful events.
- Worry less. Need to run some errands or go to the gym but don’t want your dog getting into the trash or gnawing at your shoes. Now you have a solution. Your dog will be resting easy while you’re out.
Remember a crate is meant to be your dog’s bed or safe place. Here are some pitfalls to avoid:
- Don’t leave your dog in a crate for more than a few hours per day. If you are away for long stretches of time, you should have a pet sitter, dog walker, dog hiker or drop off at daycare.
- Never punish your dog by putting him in the crate. A crate is a safe place, not a punishment.
- Don’t over crate. Dogs eventually grow up and won’t need to be crated when you’re gone. However, don’t take it away! By this time, your dog will be attached to his bed and use it frequently throughout the day.
For a full crate training guide, visit the Humane Society’s website.