You’ve probably heard about the many benefits of crate training for dogs. But maybe you’re just hearing one side of the story. Knowing when crate training is good for your dog (and when it isn’t) is essential if you truly care for your dog and if you want only want the best for it. By the way, there is a difference between a crate and a kennel. A crate is portable while a kennel is usually larger and is meant to be kept in one spot.
When crate training is good for your dog
If you want to make the toilet training process to be easy. – Crate training your dog can make the toilet training process easier both for you and your dog. Seasoned dog owners out there will tell you that the toilet training process can be difficult and even stressful for both parties involved. One of the things that you can do to make the process easier is to get a crate that is sized perfectly for your puppy. The crate should not be too big or else there is a good chance that your dog will use it as a toilet. If the crate is only big enough for him to stretch out, then he will eventually learn to control his bladder and to go out of the crate when he feels like it’s time to “go.” Of course, having a regular time for dog-walking can also help speed up the process.
If the puppy needs his own private space. – It is a good idea to get a crate for your puppy when you see that it looking for a space of its own. If everyone in your household has his or her own private space, then it is only to fair to also give a private space for your puppy. A crate is perfect for this purpose, especially an enclosed one. He can use the space to relax and to hide if it gets too noisy in your home.
If your puppy has separation anxiety. – If your puppy has a difficult time being away from you or other members of the household, then it is probably suffering from separation anxiety. Getting him a crate can help him with this problem. A crate can serve as a safe and secure space for him to go to when you are not around.
When crate training is not good for your dog
When your dog has done something wrong. – Do not put your dog inside the crate after he has done something or else he might view it as a form of punishment. If this happens then he will have a hard time being comfortable about staying inside the crate.
When your dog is sad or stressed. – Placing a stressed or sad dog inside a crate can only aggravate his condition. Wait until he is okay before you put him inside the crate.
When he is still playing. – If you out a dog inside a crate while he is in the middle of a play session, then he’ll probably just want to go out again to continue playing. The dog should be relaxed when you place him inside the crate.