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To Crate or Not To Crate


Many pet parents struggle with the decision on whether or not to crate their dog.  Some see it as inhumane while others see it as a necessity, especially when potty training a puppy.  Many veterinarians, as well as the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Humane Society, believe that using a crate can be very beneficial to both the dog and its owner.  Some things to consider:

  1. Dogs are den animals by nature so they need a space of their own.  You may notice that your dog tends to seek out a small space where they can tuck themselves away to rest and de-stress from busy household activity.  They will learn to see a crate as their own little sanctuary.    
  2. A crate should be just large enough for your dog to lie down, stand up, and turn around.  This is especially important when potty training a puppy.  Dogs like their sleeping space to be clean so they will not want to soil it.  If the cage is the right size for your puppy there will be no additional space on which it can go potty, so they will signal you by whining or scratching when they need to go out.
  3. Having your dog trained to use a crate will also prove beneficial if they ever need to stay overnight at the vet’s.  They will already be accustomed to being in a crate and they will feel less stressed.
Your dog should not be crated when you are at home.  They should be out with you unless they choose to go there on their own.  The crate should be kept in a room where you spend the most time.  That way, even when your dog seeks refuge in the crate, they will still be near family.

    If you'd like to know more about crating your furbaby, ask your veterinarian or check out other helpful resources online.


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