• October 18, 2018

Why Should You Crate Train Your Dog?

Why Should You Crate Train Your Dog?

Why Should You Crate Train Your Dog? 800 533 Superior Canine

WHY SHOULD YOU CRATE TRAIN YOUR DOG?

If you’re not familiar with crate training, we’re here to help. There are a lot of misconceptions about why you should (or shouldn’t) crate train your dog. When best practices are implemented there are many benefits for both yourself and your dog, however risks can arise when crate training is not done properly. It’s important to note that you should always work with an experienced trainer or thoroughly educate yourself to avoid harming your puppy or adult dog.

HOUSE TRAINING

House training is one of the most common reasons people become interested in getting their dog accustomed to staying in a crate. Dogs are naturally inclined to keep their den clean, which is why working your dog up to longer stays in their crate can be helpful. It’s important to note you must increase the time gradually, and be particularly careful when crate training a puppy, older dog, or any dog with underlying health or bladder issues. Due to their age and development, puppies should never be left in a crate for more than a couple of hours at a time.

SAFETY

One of the biggest benefits of crate training is safety. Not only will it prevent your dog from getting into trouble or ingesting something harmful while you’re not looking, it will also bring peace of mind when you have family or guests in your home. Rambunctious kids in particular can excite dogs, increasing the risk of an accidental nip or excessive barking. You can rest assured your loved ones are safe when your dog is happily relaxing in their calm, quiet crate.

COMFORT

Your dog’s crate should be their safe space. It’s their familiar territory to retreat to in times of stress or overstimulation. We never recommend employing negative reinforcement, especially when it comes to associating your dog’s crate with punishment. Instead, your dog should be able to find comfort in their crate. Try lining the bottom with a soft blanket, or even add your dog’s favourite toy. Just be sure to keep an eye on your puppy or adult dog until you’re confident they won’t be tempted into any destructive behaviours in the crate as a result of boredom, such as tearing apart their toy or chewing on the blanket.

TRAVEL

The benefits of crate training extend beyond the walls of your home. There are many occasions when you need to put your dog in a vehicle, such as on a trip to the vet or dog park. It’s always important for your dog to have a safe, secure spot to prevent them from moving around the car. This becomes even more essential in the event of an emergency, when you or your family may feel panicked or rushed. If you put in the time now to get your dog used to staying in their crate, you’ll have peace of mind next time you have to head out on the road.


Are you interested in learning more about how and why to crate train your dog? Reach out to our team of experts for tips, tricks, and hands-on training. We’re always happy to answer your specific questions. Every situation and dog is different, so sometimes all you need is a little one-on-one assistance. It may take a bit of time and patience to crate train your dog, but once you have it will continue to benefit your dog, family, and guests for many years to come.

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