Crating can be a bad thing, but this is only the case if it is improperly done. Some disreputable kennels are known for keeping dogs in crates for too long, for instance, and this can cause depression in dogs. Properly done, however, crating is generally quite beneficial.
For the remainder of this article, we’ll address the most common questions about crating so that you’ll have the facts that you need on this important subject.
Table of Contents
- Is it cruel to put dog in crate?
- What if I don’t want to crate train my puppy?
- Can I use a pen instead of a crate?
- How do I confine my dog without a crate?
- Should you let your puppy cry at night?
- Do some dogs hate crates?
- What do I do if my dog hates his crate?
- Should you cover a dog crate with a blanket?
- Where should you put a dog crate?
- Is it better to crate train a puppy or not?
- Is crate training necessary?
- Should I let my puppy sleep with me?
Is it cruel to put dog in crate?
Some people believe that crating is cruel because it is essentially confinement, though if it is done properly crating can actually be quite beneficial. Eventually you can leave the crate door open and your dog will go in and out as they please during the day, because they associate it as their own personal space!
What if I don’t want to crate train my puppy?
If you don’t want use crate training, a nice alternative is to puppy-proof a small room and to block off the exit with a baby-barrier. This gives them more space to move about and play with their toys and so it’s less confining than a crate.
A pet sitter is another option if you need to go somewhere and don’t want to use a crate.
Can I use a pen instead of a crate?
A pen, such as a ‘dog run’, is a great alternative to a crate, especially if you need to be away for longer periods of time. A pen gives your dog more room to run around and to play with their toys, making it essentially the equivalent of ‘crating with exercise’.
How do I confine my dog without a crate?
The easiest way to confine your dog without using a crate it to simply add a baby-gate to the bathroom or another room in the house that you’ve doggy-proofed in advance. This keeps your dog in one place and also offers the advantage of giving them much more space than they would have had with the crating option.
Should you let your puppy cry at night?
You puppy is going to cry at night, period. The good news, however, is that they should cry less after a week or two, as they will be used to their surroundings and less afraid. The reason that they will still cry is that your puppy is going to need frequent potty breaks.
Puppies simply don’t have the same bladder control as older dogs and as such, you are going to need to take them on a fairly clockwork schedule at night. Don’t worry, as they get older they can wait longer, but you’ll need to be patient.
Do some dogs hate crates?
Dogs can quickly learn to hate crates if you aren’t careful. This is why it is important to use treats to coax them inside and to reward afterwards and to always follow a consistent potty schedule.
The treats build positive association and the consistent breaks show your dog that they can trust you to let them out of the crate when they need to go to the bathroom.
What do I do if my dog hates his crate?
If your dog hates their crate, then you will want to start building positive associations with it. You can do a number of ways. First, always leave the door open and make sure there is comfortable bedding inside.
Next, when you feed them, put the bowl in the crate, and finally, be sure to put some toys and the occasional treat in the crate. In most cases, with a little time and patience, this will do the trick!
Should you cover a dog crate with a blanket?
Never cover a crate completely with a blanket. A partial covering is okay, as this makes the crate a little more like a doggy-den, which will make them more comfortable. The reason you don’t want to fully cover it is that it stifles the air a bit inside and is considered potentially hazardous for this.
Furthermore, if the AC goes out it could get too warm inside, so if you use a blanket them make sure it’s no more than ‘halfway’ on the crate.
Where should you put a dog crate?
The best place to put a dog crate is in your bedroom. This make sit much easier for your dog, as they will know that you are nearby and they won’t feel like they are isolated and alone. This is a must for puppies, although adult dogs will usually tolerate crating inside another room of the house.
Is it better to crate train a puppy or not?
Crate training is very beneficial when it comes to puppies. Left uncrated, a puppy can wander around and potentially hurt themselves or chew things that you don’t want them to chew! It also can help them to feel more safe and secure, once they are used to it, provided that they have comfy bedding and interesting toys to chew.
Finally, it helps to keep them from taking their potty break inside the house, and ultimately with potty training overall – provided that you take them out on a consistent schedule!
Is crate training necessary?
Crate training is exceptionally useful. While you don’t necessarily have to do it, you should keep in mind that it prepares your dog for the possibility of travel, it keeps them from chewing things when you can’t supervise them, and it prevents potty ‘accidents’ around the house.
Furthermore, when your dog associates the crate as their own place, you can leave the door open and they have a place to go when they feel stressed. Ultimately, the benefits make an excellent argument that crate training is indeed quite necessary.
Should I let my puppy sleep with me?
While it’s tempting to let hold that adorable little puppy and drift off to sleep, you might be asking for trouble. Puppies, especially very young ones, need to go outside every 2 to 3 hours, and they can’t control this. It’s better to resist the urge and to crate them instead.