Is a Crate a Good Idea for a Dog? (Solved & Explained!)

Crates are a great way to calm your dog and to keep them out of trouble. Until dogs reach 2 to 3 years of age, they are likely to get themselves into trouble, which can stress both you and your dog and slow the bonding process. Crating helps to ensure you may supervise while your dog learns the rules.

Today we’ll tell you a little more about crate training by exploring the most commonly asked questions by dog owners today and giving you the answers that you need!

Is it better to keep a dog in a crate?

Crate training can be quite beneficial. It keeps your dog out of trouble when you can’t watch them, so that they won’t chew things around the house, but it also teaches them to relax a bit and entertain themselves.

 Your dog will even learn to go there when they are stressed and it’s important that they know that they have a ‘safe’ place of their own.

Is it cruel to use a dog crate?

As long as the crating is done properly, it’s not cruel at all. A new dog needs to learn to entertain themselves and to get used to their surroundings. If unattended, they can easily gets themselves in trouble around the house, stressing them and stressing you.

Think of it as a ‘doggy crib’ in the beginning, so that you may ensure that that they are supervised until they learn to function on their own in the household.

Should I get my dog a crate or a bed?

That all depends on your dog. If they are already well-adjusted and will stay out of trouble, then a bed might just be the best option. For a new puppy or an older dog that doesn’t know the house rules yet, crating is generally going to be best.

 It helps to ensure that all of their explorations of their new home may be supervised and this is better for both you and your dog.

Where should a dog sleep at night?

Unless your dog is very well-behaved already, you should either let them sleep in the bedroom with you or you might consider a crate. This will make sure that you don’t wake up to any mischief and as long as you take them out to potty on schedule, it will help you to potty train them as well.

When should I stop crating my dog at night?

Crating is a slow process, so ideally you want to wait until they are 2 years of age before you stop crating – possibly longer for larger dogs, who often don’t mature as quickly. If you don’t wait, then you’ll want to make sure that they are sleeping in the bedroom or somewhere else that they can’t get themselves into trouble at night.

By 2 years of age they should be mature enough to roam the house unattended, courtesy of their crate training and your patience.

Should I let my dog roam the house at night?

It is NOT a good idea to let your dog roam the house at night unless they are around 2 or 3 years of age and already well-behaved and used to the house. Before this age, dogs are much more likely to get themselves into mischief.

Even something as innocent as a passing cat in the yard might result in something getting knocked over or they might get bored and chew something that they’re not supposed to. If they are under 2 years of age, it’s better to crate them.

What if I don’t want to crate train my puppy?

If you don’t want to crate train your pup, you will still need a ‘puppy safe’ area to put them when you cannot supervise them. A good way to do this is to invest in ‘baby barriers’ so that you may cordon off an area which you have made ‘puppy proof’. A bathroom is usually the easiest option for this.

Should I lock my puppy in a crate at night?

Crating is definitely best for both you and your puppy. Young pups cannot be left unattended, as the will likely chew items around the house, knock things over while exploring, and likely have ‘potty accidents’.

They have small bladders and need to go out on a regular schedule, so crate training will keep them safe, out of trouble, and help you potty train them in the bargain.

Does crate training help with separation anxiety?

No, unfortunately, crate training is not going to help with separation anxiety. The isolation of the crate is more likely to exacerbate the issue. For separation anxiety there are different methods that should be employed, such as socialization so that your dog gets used to other animals and people and learns to relax and entertain themselves when you aren’t there.

What is the alternative to crate training?

Alternatives to crate training include hiring a ‘doggy daycare’ service or even simply someone to walk the dog on a regular basis who is already very familiar with canine behavior. Even a local amateur pet sitter can help immensely, as your dog learns to socialize, calm, and to be themselves without getting into trouble.

The goal is to make sure that they are supervised until they can mature and so you’ve got a lot of options at your disposal if you don’t want to crate train.

Do dogs like small crates?

Small is okay, just be sure that it falls into the category of ‘cozy’, rather than confined. A small space with room enough for your dog’s toys and bed will be well-received, as dogs naturally seek out ‘dens’ where they may sleep and feel safe doing so.

So, as long as it’s cozy instead of cramped, a small crate will work just fine.

Can I use a pen instead of a crate?

Yes, you can certainly use a pen, and if your dog needs to be confined for periods longer than 4 hours, a pen is ideal. It gives your dog more space to move around in while you are gone and this gives them more exercise than they would get in an appreciably smaller crate.