To Crate Train or Not To Crate Train…. There are differing opinions on the method. In this post, I’ll share with you the Top 5 Benefits of Crate Training. This information might help you make a decision as to whether or not it’s a route you choose to take with your own dog.
Many people are opposed to crate training because they feel the confinement is cruel. However, when used properly, a crate can give your dog a sense of security. Just as with any training method, crating can be abused, but using a crate for appropriate time periods is helpful. The method can be very effective in achieving a variety of pet parent goals, including house training, preventing destructive behavior, and teaching a dog to calm down and relax.
#1: A Safe Haven
Many dogs take to a crate very easily, as they have a natural instinct to “den.” You can encourage him to love the crate through positive reinforcement. It will soon become his own private and safe place, much like a bedroom for a child. The crate will become a “go to” place for your dog to go when he’s tired or nervous.
#2: Potty Training Assistance
If the crate is sized properly, it can be a great help in potty training. Dogs (as with most, if not all animals) don’t like to soil where they sleep or eat. So, with the right sized crate, this will naturally become a “no pee/no poop” zone.
#3: Promotes Good Behavior
Crating your dog whenever you’re unable to directly supervise behavior (when you’re sleeping, or cooking, or working, etc.) is a great asset in decreasing destructive or other unwanted behavior. Crating him also allows him to expect and enjoy some “down time,” and conditions relaxed behavior. This is good for puppies or excitable/reactive dogs. Your dog will feel content and calm, during these times.
If you’re using crate training to help with your dog’s behavior and can’t get home during the long workday to give him a much-needed break for some exercise, to potty, some water/treats and social interaction, call on us! We’ll do all of that as well as reinforce any other training commands that you’re working on with your pup!