The majority of people prefer to avoid use crate or kennels when training their dogs as they believe the confinement is a sign of abuse. However, contrary to this belief, a crate can provide the dog with a sense of security. Research has found that when applied correctly, crate training is one of the most efficient methods of training and a good management system for dog owners. Unfortunately, like all training methods, crate training is abused and many people use this system in a cruel manner when teaching their dogs. This article will discuss crate training and whether it is a positive or negative method for training canines.
If a dog is taught to approach their crate using positive reinforcement, they can see the crate or kennel as a space of comfort. It becomes their own personal area, much like children have their own bedrooms. It is a space where the dog can go when they do not want to be bothered and is an ideal destination when the animal is feeling tired or nervous. Canines have a natural instinct to use a den or cave to protect themselves; therefore it makes sense to opt for a crate or kennel as a substitute den.
Crate training can provide a trainer or owner with a number of advantages. A crate that is correctly sized for the animal can encourage the dog’s instinct to avoid messing where he or she sleeps. This is useful because it will help him or her learn bladder control. The tendency to view a crate as a clean place is beneficial for house training in particular as it improves the success rate of “potty training” the dog.
Another benefit to using a crate for training dogs is that the item will prevent the dog, particularly puppies and more active breeds, from getting into trouble. It is not possible to supervise a pet all day and during those times you are unavailable, keeping them in a crate can be helpful. Of course, it is important that you exercise the animal regularly to ensure they receive enough attention and physical exertion.
Crate training can also help to teach puppies to expect “down time” and enjoyment of relaxed behavior. For example, placing highly active breeds such as a Jack Russell in a crate with a chew toy can teach them calm behavior in a secure environment. It is important that the chew toy offered meet certain safety regulations and is suitable for their size.
Unfortunately, as is mentioned above, there are people who choose to misuse crate training for dogs. According to laws in Finland, crating of animals is only legal for animals in temporary situations such as dog shows or travel. While crating can be considered a beneficial option for training, there are those who choose to purchase crates that are too small for their pets or leave their dogs in crates that are not clean. These animals are abused and it is no wonder that some people have a misconception of crate training when faced with this evidence.