At a time when there appears to be many calls for help to the breed rescue groups, how many rescues could have been avoided if the owners has been aware of the benefits a crate could offer. Used properly as a training aid (but not for leaving a dog for hours on end) it could be very beneficial for both dog and owner.
WHAT IS A DOG CRATE?
A dog crate, sometime called an “indoor kennel”, is a rectangular enclosure with a top and door, made in a variety of sizes proportioned to fit any type of dog. Constructed of wire, its purpose is to provide confinement for reasons of security, safety, house training, protection of household goods, travel, illness or just general control.
The dog crate has long been accepted, trusted and taken for granted by dog show exhibitors, obedience and field trial competitors, trainers, breeders, groomers, veterinarians and anyone else who handles dogs regularly. Individual pet owners, however usually reject the idea of using a crate because they consider such enforced confinement unfair, and even harmful, to the dog.
CRUELTY OR KINDNESS?
As the pet owner sees it – Its like jail – its cruel – I’d never put MY dog in a cage like that! As a reasoning human being, you really value your freedom; and since you consider your pet to be an extension of your family, it is only natural to feel that shutting him into a crate would be mean and inhumane, would probably cause him to resent and even hate you, and might well result in psychological damage.
BUT YOU ARE NOT A DOG!
As the dog sees it –
I love having a room/house of my own: it’s my private special place, my “security blanket” and the closed door does not worry me! If your dog could talk, this is how he might express his reactions to a crate! He would probably tell you that the crate helps to satisfy the “DEN INSTINCT” inherited from his “den-dwelling” ancestors. He would further admit that he is actually happier and more secure having his life controlled and structured by human beings and would far rather be prevented from causing trouble than being punished later. SO….to you it’s a “cage” – to him it’s a “home”. Where does your dog like to be? In his own den, often under the work top!
WHY USE A CRATE?
A dog crate correctly and humanely used, can have many advantages for both you and your pet.