Just like people, dogs like to have their own special place to rest and feel safe. Crate training is a fantastic way to ensure that your pet has their own little sanctuary where they can go for that safety and rest, and it can also prevent destructive behavior while you are not home. Housetraining is essential with pets and can be a challenge for some. Housetraining can be made easier with crate training and ideally, once your animal has learned the benefits of this kind of training, they will regard their crate as their own special place. A pet crated in a car provides insurance that they won’t cause an auto accident and has a better chance of surviving an accident if one does occur.
When you crate train a puppy you are not only teaching them bowel and bladder control, but you are also limiting their teething to a controlled space. When choosing the right crate for your pet, consider the size of your animal and their size they will reach when full-grown. Some dog owners like to have a couple of different sized crates, usually opting for a larger one at home and a bit of a smaller one for traveling. Choosing the right sized crate is dependent on your animal as well as how much space you have in your home to house the crate. Keep in mind the crate needs to be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around in and lie down comfortably. Crates come in different shapes, sizes and styles ranging from metal, plastic and wood options. Typically, the crates have a plastic or metal tray on the bottom that can slide out for cleaning convenience.
The stretches of time you crate your pet are dependent on their age and your routine. Young puppies need to be slowly introduced to crate training and by the time they are about four months old, they can do six-hour sessions if you make sure to let them out once to go to the bathroom. Leaving your pet in a crate for too long can create anxiety if they are forced to eliminate in their small space, and then they won’t feel like it’s a safe place. The following are some great advantages to crate training.
- Your pet can enjoy the privacy of their own space
- A place to retreat when overwhelmed, not feeling well or tired
- Helps teach control of bladder and bowel
- A safe place when your pet needs to be excluded from activities
- Traveling crates allow your pet to join you in outings
- A safe den for nighttime to eliminate household destruction while you sleep
If used correctly and humanely, a crate can have a multitude of advantages for you and your pet. If you are unsure of the correct way to crate train your animal, seek the advice of your veterinarian or pet behavior expert.