Many dog owners talk about the benefits of training crates, but if you are new to dog ownership or have always had a dog that handles roaming at home for free, then you may be wondering what the point of training crates is and whether necessary.
The benefits of creating dogs go beyond simply keeping them indoors while away from home. Dog boxes keep pets safe in a variety of ways, both inside and outside the home.
I personally believe that training crates is one of the most useful life skills for training a dog because it will protect him in various stressful situations. The skill is not something you would want to have when you need it.
Keep reading to learn why crate training is an important part of our training plan.
Crate training seems cruel, are there any alternatives?
It is understandable for people that the thought of keeping a dog in a small space for a few hours seems cruel.
While there are certainly ways to abuse the crate when used properly, the crate is a safe and comforting place for your dog.
My friend has a dog named Griffith Flood. He earned his name when she was looking for an alternative to the crate by locking it in the bathroom when they left one day.
They returned to a flooded bathroom because Griffi began to chew on some pipes as he hung in the bathroom.
And so Griffiths got the middle name Flood.
There is really very little damage inside a safe crate that your dog can cause, whether to himself or to something inside the crate.
Of course, they can destroy your bed, but if your dog is destructive, start with an empty crate while demonstrating that they can rest easy.
My favorite home box, which is designed specifically for dog safety, is the Diggs Revol box. You can read more about why I love it in this review.
11 Benefits of Crate Training
There are so many benefits to training your dog that you may not have thought of. Many of the reasons are useful in emergencies.
Will you use them regularly? I hope not, but you will be happy that your dog has the skills when you need them.
Other reasons to train your dog include a veterinary stay, to create peace of mind and to reduce the risk of injury.
Cassie keep your dog safe in the car
I was talking about how terrible Sitka was in the car when I first adopted him. I talk attacking, roaring, constant movement, barking. I was sure we would get into a car accident.
After testing the harness intended for car travel, I switched to using a crate because Sitka would become entangled in the straps in an attempt to move.
When someone I know from Instagram was involved in a car accident with their dogs, where her car was T-boned and turned over several times, I knew the crate was the right choice. Their dogs appeared completely safe from the accident, with only a few scratches on the kennels.
I did my research on the best car boxes for dogs and took one for Sitka. It is MUCH better to ride with him in a kennel. It can revolve around anything it wants, but I don’t have to put it away to stretch it.
Kennels are great for dogs with anxiety in the car, but also with general safety. I have peace of mind knowing that Sitka is safer if we ever get into an accident.
Crates allow emergency responders to easily find your dog on fire
In the event of an emergency in your home while you are away, emergency services can more easily find your dog in their kennel than if they roam for free.
If your dog is scared, they can run away and hide or run away when the rescue team enters the house. If your dog is locked in a crate, then they can not escape, simple and simple.
Crate dogs also protect emergency crews from your dog. Even the cutest dogs can react uncharacteristically and bite when they are afraid.
Cassie prepare your dog for an emergency evacuation situation
If you have to run away from your house and find emergency shelter at some point, then a dog trained in a crate will be one stress less than your plate.
Crate training will not only help you assemble your dog and load it into the car faster and easier, but if your dog needs to stay away from you during the evacuation, they will be safer in the crate than to roam freely in a new, unfamiliar space.
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Dog boxes keep artists on the run safely
While courting a friend one summer, he told me about his sister’s cattle dog, which was hit and killed by a car because it kept running away from the house.
“Why didn’t they put it in?” I asked?
He replied that he assumed that people had different opinions about the training of crates.
I recently learned of another dog that was about to run away from home and was hit by a car and died.
While I understand that some people don’t like the idea of a crate, I think being killed by a car is a far worse fate than having to spend a few hours in a kennel every day.
Crate training prevents destructive behavior
I was once in a brainstorming group with other pet bloggers, where one participant was working on an article about how pet insurance saved them tens of thousands of dollars in veterinary bills.
The reason they had such high vet bills?
Their dogs had entered almost everything and anything you could imagine while they roamed the house freely, while the owners were away.
They are lucky that the dogs did not die.
I know another, much safer and more economical solution: dog boxes!
Whenever I can’t keep an eye on my dog, I put it in the crate. Although I trust him not to destroy and get into things while I’m gone, it’s just not worth the risk for me.
Cassie prepare your dog for overnight stays at the vet
There may be a time when your dog will need to stay overnight in the vet’s office after surgery or other observations.
Although your dog may still feel uncomfortable having to stay in an unfamiliar place away from you, he will feel safer in the kennel if he is used to staying in it regularly.
Dog boxes give your puppy a place to nap and beware of problems
Wondering why puppies are a nuisance? Apart from being young and curious, puppies are especially annoying when they are tired.
Puppies require up to 20 hours of sleep depending on their age!
Creating a schedule that revolves between pot breaks, naps, training sessions and quiet weather will help you tame your monster puppy.
It will also give you time for yourself to get things done without worrying that your puppy has entered something while you are not watching.
Crate training suppresses separation anxiety
When you practice being away from your dog at home, when you leave the house, your dog will not scare and bark for hours while you are away.
It is good to spend time away from our dogs, even while we are at home.
If you have enough space, keep your dog’s chest in a separate room and make them spend a few hours there every day when you are at home.
A particularly good time for this is after a workout. The fund gives them space to process the mental work they have just practiced and to relax.
Cassie keep your dog away from guests
Whenever guests come to visit, I always start with Sitka in his chest.
This prevents him from practicing a number of behaviors, including:
Barking at the door Jumping on guests Interrupting commands when your guests do not listen to your request to ignore your dog Escape from the door when they arrive
Once the excitement of the guests’ arrival is over, then I can decide to let my dog go and put it in place.
Training crates can help dogs recover faster after an injury or surgery
There may be times when your veterinarian puts your dog to rest in a crate due to injury or after surgery.
If they have never spent time in a crate, then they could cause more damage to the affected area or heal more slowly due to the stress of being in the crate.
A dog that has practiced hanging in the crate will do far better and recover faster if it is calm and not stressed to spend so much time in the crate.
Boxes prevent fights between dogs
I have another story about a different friend’s dog that could easily have been prevented by a crate.
My friend left her dog with her sister while she went on vacation, only to go home with a dog with stitches in her face.
Well, the sister also had a dog and she left the two dogs alone until she went out for the day and her dog attacked my friend’s dog. Imagine two dogs being “friends” arguing.
How could this be easily prevented? You guessed it – a piggy bank!
You just never know what dogs will decide to fight when there are no people to intervene. The nurse’s dog could have killed her easily, she is very happy that her dog came out with only a few stitches.