Dogs are naturally denning animals. Dogs instinctively search out small, enclosed areas for their comfort and protection. It’s important for many reasons to train your dog to use a kennel. It is good for their mental wellbeing to have a safe secure location for them to go to when they are feeling overwhelmed or concerned.
This article will provide you with the necessary information to understand why your dog needs a kennel for their wellbeing. It will also give you information on choosing the right kennel for your furry friend’s comfort.
Table of Contents
- Why do dogs feel safe in their kennel?
- Why do dogs prefer a small, enclosed area?
- How can I help my dog feel secure?
- Why do dogs get anxiety?
- Can I help my dog with separation anxiety?
- Is it cruel to use a kennel?
- What size kennel should my dog have?
- Can a kennel be too large for my dog?
- Should I use a plastic or wire kennel?
- How can I make my dog’s space pleasant for him or her?
- How do I know my dog is comfortable in their kennel?
- Why does my dog retreat to their kennel when there is nothing out of the ordinary happening at our home?
- Are there other reasons I should use a kennel for my dog?
Why do dogs feel safe in their kennel?
Dogs naturally seek out a place that they feel protected. If a dog is not given a kennel, they may seek shelter under a table, chair, or any other tightly enclosed area. If you find your dog under your bed often, you may consider getting them a kennel.
Why do dogs prefer a small, enclosed area?
They want to make sure there is no access from any angle that may be in their blind spots. As a den animal, they also just enjoy an area that is dark and away from others. It’s kind of like a cool fort for them to hang out and stash their neat items they have, such as toys or bones.
How can I help my dog feel secure?
You can help your dog feel secure by showing him everything is okay. You could help by assisting your companion into their kennel and giving them their favorite toy and/or a treat. Always stay calm. Cesar Millan says dogs read our energy and body language. If you stay calm and in control, they will follow suit.
Why do dogs get anxiety?
There are many reasons your dog may exhibit signs of anxiety. It could be from thunder, fireworks, or loud noises outside. It could be caused by you inviting over people they do not recognize. Regardless of the reason, you will always want to make them as comfortable as possible.
Can I help my dog with separation anxiety?
In the wild, dogs run in packs, and you are the leader of the pack in their eyes. When they are alone, this could be scary for them because they don’t feel like they have the protection you provide, and they cannot protect you as well. By giving them a space that is their own, they can cope with the anxiety that this can cause.
Is it cruel to use a kennel?
It is not cruel or inhumane. It is recommended by the AKC and Veterinarians to give your dog this space. It will help them learn to self soothe and ease any insecurity they may be feeling. You should leave the door open as much as you can so the dog can use the kennel at their own volition. Think of this space as their room in the house.
What size kennel should my dog have?
A dog should be given ample room to be able to stand and turn in a full circle to get comfortable. If they cannot stand up fully in the kennel, it is not big enough. You should measure your dog from nose to tail and from ground to the top of their ears to ensure you are getting a big enough kennel. The kennel should be 2-4 inches taller and longer than your dog.
Can a kennel be too large for my dog?
A kennel can be too large for your dog. In the wild, a dog will search out a small, confined spot where they can comfortably lay down to rest. A larger spot would be harder for them to feel properly sheltered and leave them unable to get the rest they require. A kennel that is too large can create anxiety in your furry friend.
Should I use a plastic or wire kennel?
A dog will prefer an enclosed area to relax. A plastic kennel will provide the privacy and security your dog needs. If you choose to use a wire Kennel, use a blanket, or cover to enclose the dog’s space.
How can I make my dog’s space pleasant for him or her?
You can add a soft blanket or a pad in the bottom of the kennel. I would recommend giving them a comfort toy as well. If you are putting your dog into the kennel for periods of time when you are not home, it’s recommended to give your companion a small dish of food and water.
How do I know my dog is comfortable in their kennel?
You can see they are comfortable by their body language. They will do a full turn and lay down to rest when they enter the kennel. They will go into their room voluntarily. If they whine or paw at the kennel, you may need to let them out and try again until they are comfortable. Typically though, after a day or so of getting familiar with the kennel, it will become obvious whether your dog likes it or does – they will voluntarily go into it if they do.
Why does my dog retreat to their kennel when there is nothing out of the ordinary happening at our home?
The kennel is essentially your dog’s room. It’s their place to go hang out and relax. Maybe he doesn’t like the noises from the TV, or the kids are rambunctious. They may want a break from the commotion. Don’t worry about this too much unless he or she is showing symptoms of being ill.
Are there other reasons I should use a kennel for my dog?
It is good that they understand what a kennel is incase they need to do an overnight stay at the vet. It is also best to travel with your canine in a kennel in the car in case there is an accident. They will be secure in one location, with no chance of being ejected from the vehicle or running away from the chaotic scene.