FOUR REASONS TO USE A DOG CRATE
The first time that I ever saw a dog crate was when I was in graduate school. Although, at the time, I was a wildlife biologist, I did dog sitting, and dog walking, for a woman for extra money. She had three canines. She always wanted the two younger ones crated when no human was present at her apartment. The two dogs shared a dog crate. I have to admit that I was not so comfortable with the idea of caging canines, but I did as instructed. And, it was easy to do. All that I had to do was go to the place where the treats were kept, and the two dogs would rush right into their crate.
Now, I work as a dog behaviorist, and I highly recommend crate training. Let me tell why a
could be useful for you.
REASON 1: IT HELPS WITH HOUSE TRAINING
If you are still potty training your canine,a dog crate can be a big help. Dogs generally won’t eliminate where they sleep. Keep your dog mostly in its crate during the house training period. Take it outside to go potty regularly. In this way, your dog will only have the chance to eliminate where it’s appropriate, and will therefore develop a habit of going there. This is the easy way to potty train your dog.
REASON 2: IT HELPS TO PREVENT PROBLEMS
Crate training your dog when it is initially learning the rules of the house will help you to prevent problems. Put appropriate chew items in the crate, so that your dog develops a habit of chewing on what you want it to chew on. Keep your dog in a crate whenever you can’t be watching it, and it will not have the chance to develop any
In the meantime, teach it your rules and boundaries, so that it can develop good behavior habits.
REASON 3: IT MAKES IT EASIER FOR YOUR DOG IF IT HAS TO STAY AT THE VET OR TRAVEL
Dog crate training teaches your dog that being in a small confined space is safe and comfortable. Therefore, if your canine ever has to spend a night at the vet, or travel by plane, it will handle being caged much better if it has been crate trained.
REASON 4: IT GIVES YOUR DOG A SAFE PLACE TO BE WHEN THINGS GET STRESSFUL
Many dogs need a place where they can feel safe, and that allows them to get away from household activities that seem stressful to them. A crate gives a dog a place to go when the kids are being “too much” for it. It can also used at such stressful, to a dog, times as Halloween and July 4.
There you have it, some good reasons for using a dog crate. Go ahead; give it a shot.
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