Ever wondered what the benefits of a dog crate could be? While you may feel conflicted about bars separating you and your pooch, used correctly, a crate provides a wealth of benefits for your dog.
A crate has the potential to offer your dog safety, security and the ideal secluded spot for your pup to relax. This guide breaks down the main reasons why crate training could be an excellent addition to your dog’s daily life.
Plus, the important safety advantages a crate presents for pet parents.
So, what is crate training?
Crate training is the process of introducing your new puppy, or older dog, to an indoor space with closable access. The idea is to create an environment that can keep your puppy safely contained when needed, that also acts as a calming and cosy space for your dog to chill out in. In this way, a crate isn’t used as a punishment, it’s a pleasurable place of comfort!
And why use a dog crate?
Can’t they just use their bed, or your sofa, as their hangout? Yes they can, but a crate offers some unique benefits that pet parents might be interested in. So let’s break them down.
Here’s 7 reasons why a crate can benefit a dog’s life... and yours too!
1. Potty Training
With young puppies, or an adopted dog who’s yet to be house trained, constant supervision is needed to avoid any unwanted messes. Realistically - this can be quite tough for pet parents. There’s washing to do, meals to make and other times throughout the day when you won’t be able to keep a hawkeye on your new arrival.
A crate can be useful for potty training, as it provides a contained area for your dog to be for short periods of time. You can also line your crate with a reusable, washable pee pad, like a Potty Buddy. This means any accidents are no big deal either.
Some also believe that dogs are often unwilling to do their business in more confined spaces, meaning a crate can help to teach your dog or puppy when to hold it. Bear in mind, however, that a puppy doesn't have this ability until they are at least 12 weeks old.
Dogs in need of rest or reassurance have a natural tendency to burrow into dens - dark, cosy and confined spaces to curl up in. A crate, especially one covered with a blanket in a quiet corner, makes for the ideal den!
New arrivals are always a little uncertain, and will find comfort in these spaces. They’re also great for dogs to hide from scary noises, such as thunder, fireworks or loud visitors. Mature dogs can get stressed from bothersome small children too, and will appreciate a safe space to escape their prodding fingers. A crate offers a haven that only your dog can access, giving them the ability to decompress when needed.
Leaving puppies alone is a necessary part of life, and an important part of their training. A crate is an effective way to keep your young dog safely contained while you are out, avoiding unnecessary accidents. Young puppies with a mission to chew, investigate and pee at will aren’t ready to have free reign just yet! Separation anxiety can be another cause of destruction or damage in the house, which can be eased by crate use.
Do crates help dogs with separation anxiety? Used properly, yes! A crate can act as a comfort for your dog, especially those who may feel a little anxious about your exit. Carefully employing gradual and deliberate training, creating a positive association with the space, can help to ease the severity of the separation. Include lots of cosy bedding, a nice chew to keep them occupied and lots of praise. Soon, they will see it as their safe place to have a nap while you aren’t there to cuddle them.
Remember that the most your dog should be in their crate is around 4 hours (or slightly longer, if overnight). Shorter if they are a puppy!
As well as offering safety and containment around the home, in an emergency a crate can make a huge difference to you and your dog’s lives. A crate means you can evacuate your dog efficiently, keeping them secured and safe while you organize help. It greatly reduces the chance of your pup getting lost or injured in these stressful situations too.
A crate also helps with transitions. If you are travelling or moving home, a crate allows your dog to have a much smoother and less stressful transition. As their crate is a familiar, secure space, it allows them to feel at home almost anywhere! It also is the safest way for them to travel, providing protection during long journeys.
Most shelters, hotels and other accommodations require dogs to be crate trained, and it’s usually a great way to demonstrate responsible dog ownership too.
A crate isn’t solely about confinement. Acting as a den, the doors can be left open for your dog’s use whenever they please. Meaning it’s a 2 in 1 gadget that saves you some extra room around the home. Instead of a travel crate, dog bed and blankets strewn across your space, a crate can collate them all in one place.
In worst case scenarios, doggos may be required to be on crate rest when recovering from an intense injury or some more serious surgeries. Crate rest is an important healing process that helps them get back on their feet quicker. If a dog is already at home in a crate, this will be a much easier process than trying to keep an active dog in an unfamiliar space!
So now you know what to use your dog crate for and how handy they can be. Placing a cosy Potty Buddy in your crate not only makes it a comfortable cave, but also means any unwanted accidents are a doddle to clean up - whether it’s a puppy playpen or senior crashpad. The crate and the Potty Buddy are a match made in heaven!
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