Crates have grown in popularity with dog behaviourists as a strategy to help your dog manage the space around them. However some people perceive the crate as cruel, unfair imprisonment or doggy jail! So humans aside, what does your dog think?
By nature, dogs tend to favour small enclosed spaces especially when they are unsure about something, so having an area where your dog can readily seek refuge in, when it needs a break is actually welcomed. In fact, when used correctly, they are a popular method of keeping dogs safe when unsupervised and can serve as a great training aid in preventing behaviour problems.
How does your dog feel inside a crate?
Once dogs have accepted the crate as their space, it can be a spot for them to retreat and become a safe haven for them. If a dog is taught through positive reinforcement to view the crate as safe, it can become like their own private space to relax and rest, much like a sanctuary. Dogs that are comfortable with crating are more likely to feel secure, and far less stressed which helps reduce separation anxiety.
For puppies, a crate can be as pleasant for them as it is for you, while in the crate the puppy learns to spend time away from napping or engaging in independent play behaviour.
Why do dogs like crates?
- Dogs by nature prefer safe, enclosed quarters for sleeping
- Crates allow them to escape the hustle and bustle of the house
- A place to relax and rest
- They feel cosy and comfortable
So, is it time to revisit the crate? Prepare for your puppy? Or introduce a crate into your dog’s routine. Contact us today for hints on how to get started.