And if you start us off with our own little crate as a puppy, it will not only make us happy it will benefit you in many ways too! Crate training should not be abused, it is not a substitute for caring for a puppy. The crate is not intended as a place to lock up your puppy and forget them for extended periods of time….
I am a crate trained dog and I am really glad that my owner decided to train me this way. It is my personal space and it’s all mine. I must admit I have arranged my crate in an inviting and comfortable place for me to hang out in, I have added a few of my favorite toys, a couple of chews, my baby blanket (my first blanket when I was just a wee pup), and I arrange my mat in a way that suits me.
These days, considering I am five, my owner leaves the door open so that I can go in and out as I please. Which is exactly what I do! Sometimes when Trina has people over and they are chatting and laughing and food hasn’t arrived yet, I will causally walk on over to my crate; sit and watch the action from there.
Now I know some people think it is cruel to crate train a dog. I don’t know why, considering my owner has always keep it clean, and always used proper crate training while showing me a calm and relaxed behavior around my crate. So naturally, I have treated it like my own personal dog house. Who wouldn’t want their own personal space that’s all your own, with a weekly cleaning service?
7 Reasons Why Dogs Love it!
1. It’s a place we call our own. It belongs to us and when we are in our crate we can ignore the world. If we didn’t have our own crate we would end up just using something else, like under the table or curled up under the bed in old sweaters.
2. It makes us feel safe and secure with our own little home within your home, we’ll be happier and more self-confident. When you put us in our crate while your out running errands, we will feel more content.
3. Did you know… when we were wild, we lived in dens which provided protection. As dogs, therefore, we have a strong natural tendency to seek out this type of shelter.
And if you start us off with our own little crate as a puppy, it will not only make us happy it will benefit you in many ways too! Crate training should not be abused, it is not a substitute for caring for a puppy. The crate is not intended as a place to lock up your puppy and forget them for extended periods of time. If you need to step out and leave your pup in a crate, make sure you are not gone for an extended period of time. If you need to be out for the day, you should find a good pet sitter or dog walker to take care of your puppies needs.
4. We won’t feel isolated because our home provides essential visibility & ventilation. Just like a baby in a playpen.
5. We will have fewer behavioral problems like excessive barking and chewing. For example, chewing your favorite new shoes while you were out shopping.
6. Our natural instinct is to keep our crate clean, which will help speed up the “potty” training time because, when we have to “go” we will try to hold it until you can take us outside to the proper area. We will understand this is our opportunity to go and not just sniff around! Of course, young puppies can not control their bladders for long: about one hour for every month of age is a good guide on scheduling breaks.
7. A crate will teach us a schedule and help us to eliminate accidents.