To Crate or Not

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Just as a child views their bedroom as a private and safe haven, a crate for a dog can give them a sense of security.  Dogs have a natural instinct to be in a den and if properly trained, they will find their crate is the perfect destination to go if they are tired and don’t want to be bothered or are feeling nervous. 

Crates provide training and safety benefits for dog and owner alike.  Crating on a humane schedule teaches puppies bladder and bowel control and limits teething to his/her own property. A dog crated in a car has a better chance of surviving and auto accident and little chance of causing one.

The type of crate should be large enough for your pup to stretch out, turn around and stand up. Provide a soft mat and a chew toy inside. Remove the collar if there is metal grating that may catch.  Place the kennel in a quiet area, preferably in the bedroom.

To acclimate your dog to the crate leave it open so they can go inside anytime. Don't ever use it for discipline so your dog doesn’t associate it with something bad.  

Dependent on age and breed every dog has different needs. If you must keep them inside while you are away at work, have someone give them potty breaks, playtime and food or water. You should never crate for lengthy periods of time as your pup will begin to negatively associate the crate with being left alone. Ideally, you will not have to crate your dog except for travel and vet visits. Always strive to make it a cozy experience.

With Halloween soon be here, a crate is an idyllic place for a dog during trick or treat time. They won't be frightened and stay safe from escaping through open doors.

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