Post # 1
Can the dog people explain to me the benefits of crate training dogs? I had a dog as a kid (up until age 14) and we never crated him, never really knew it was an option! We would just leave him in the house when we left, though there was always someone home. Now it seems to be quite common for dog owners to crate their dogs. What are the benefits of this? I’m not (currently) a dog owner (if I was, I assure you, I would be researching this quite thoroughly) but merely just curious! Educate me!
Post # 3
I’m curious too. I understand crate training helps puppies feel more secure as they’re growing up, but I’m a little disturbed by the idea of keeping a dog in a crate for an entire workday. But I’m SO not an expert; I haven’t had a dog since I was a kid (RIP Katie!) and maybe the current best practices say that’s ok.
Post # 4
Well for my dog it is mostly so the destruction is limited. He is a sweet puppy but he is a chewer. So when I leave, into the crate with a bone or 2. It makes coming home much much happier. He isn’t in it if I’m home but if I’m not it keeps there from being shoe bits or anything when I return. Also, when people are over he get to be in the crate around the people but not all into everything with everyone. Otherwise, he would have to be put in a different room because my apartment is just too small for a lot of people and a spazzing puppy.
Post # 5
I used crating when Fiance and I got a new puppy. Dogs do not “mess” their space, especially if it is small. Unlike leaving your dog in a bathroom where they can walk to the corner of the room, potty, and then walk away, crating your dog doesn’t leave them room to leave their mistakes and be comfortable somewhere else.
Crating was very successful for us. Cletus does great when he’s on his own. And he does great when we travel (and have to put him in a crate).
Post # 6
There are a lot of benefits with a puppy mainly because they are confined to their “home” so they are less likely to mess there where as with free roam of a house they can mess in one spot and still have plenty of other places to rest.
I think also it helps train with chewing and such.
I have had two dogs and neither were crate trained. With my one puppy we worked to limit him to one room while we were gone but that was it. They turned out fine. I feel more comfortable that he can move around on the days he is home for 8 hours or more by himself.
Post # 7
^All the reasons mentioned above^
Also, having a small dog, I was worried that she would get into or eat something dangerous to her and it was a security to me that she would be out of harm’s way while I was away at work. I crated my dog for several years (4 maybe?) until I was comfortable with her being left alone and knowing that she wouldn’t do anything to damage the house and/or hurt herself.
Post # 8
Humans see crates as a “cage”.
Dogs see crates as a “den”.
Crating gives the dog it’s own individual space. Dogs like to have their own area. Even when I’m home, my dogs’ crates are open and they often opt to sleep in there when they take a nap.
Crating protects the house from the dog. and also protects the dog from the house (chewing electrical cords, choking on a toy, getting into poison under the kitchen cabinet, etc.; can all be fatal for a dog. )
In my case, I have 3 dogs that don’t always get along. I do not want them getting into a fight when I’m not home. 2 of them I will leave alone, not all 3.
Crating also makes car travel (short trips to the vet, and also longer trips such as visiting out-of-town family on the holidays) much less stressful on the dog. And even if you don’t take your dog with you when you travel, if there was an emergency evacuation for some reason, you want it to be less stressful on both you and the dog. Dogs should always be crated or seatbelted in the car, it’s safer for both you and them.
Here’s one of my dogs, Josie, opting to nap in her crate (I took the pic because I thought she was funny with her bed all scruntched up sideways. [attachment=1658743,206230]
Post # 9
I can only speak from our experience and provide some insight as to why you may want to crate older dogs….
We crated our newly adopted Boston Terrier because he had severe seperation anxiety and literally would tear apart anything he could get his mouth on (he has eaten: coasters, multiple bags of trash, shoes, my wedding dress, etc.).
BUT initially he didn’t have the “don’t mess in your space” reflex. His old home let him go in his sleeping area and he had been conditioned into thinking that was OK. His severe seperation anxiety also caused his tummy to get upset.
SOO… our dilemma was let him out and all of our stuff would be chewed up or crate him and have diarrhea flung throughout the crate and surrounding area.
Eventually, after much training he learned to accept the crate as a good place and no longer has accidents AND our stuff doesn’t get eaten every time we leave the house. WIN. WIN.
“The Heathen” after he finished destroying something…
Post # 10
When I first moved into my apartment, I crated my dog because she hadn’t been well trained in my old house. Long story short, ex-husband didn’t follow through with training, so she developed the habit of going on carpet. So when I moved into my apartment after my divorce, I wanted to make sure she didn’t develop any bad habits in that space. Once I had her trained to go outside, I stopped crating her and didn’t have any troubles at all. When I moved in with Darling Husband, we were able to continue with the good habits she had learned and except when she’s been sick, she hasn’t had any accidents.
Post # 11
We pretty much had no choice. When we adopted our dog she had been abused before and had serious separation anxiety. When we were home she could be in a room unsupervised and not do anything, but if we left her out when no one was home she would destroy everything. We got her a crate and trained her and now she loves being in it, it’s her home. We find her sleeping in her crate when we’re home all the time.
Post # 12
The benefits of crating our dog is that 1) he doesnt do any damage while we are out of the house and 2) because outside of his crate he gets anxious when we leave – even if just for a few minutes. He doesn’t see his crate as a bad place. He sees it as a comfort. It is his little cave. We have several blankets and a pillow in there and when we put him in it we put a blanket over it so it is dark in there. He happily goes into it without us pushing him and occasionally he will just go and lay in there for a nap. Not all dogs need to be crated, but if a dog gets anxious when their owner leaves it is a good solution.
Post # 13
All the reasons above! For us it was to help establish “bedtime” at night, and while we were away from the house reinforce our house training methods. We only had one accident after bringing him home and it was the first night (totally our fault) -I think the crate training was a huge helper.
We used two crates. Downstairs (daytime) a wire crate we made bigger for him as he grew. Upstairs (bedtime only) an airline type crate.
I had plans to turf the crates as soon as he was fully housetrained as I was a bigtime anti-crate person before getting him. We’ve moved the bedroom crate into my walk in closet (it was beside the bed) since he’s gotten older as he sleeps on the tile floor in the bathroom now, but the odd night you’ll hear the “thump” of him throwing himself down inside his crate and he’ll be upside down in there in the morning! His wire crate is still set up on the mainfloor despite my visual hatrid for it and he’ll be in there snoozing when we get home, he now has free run of this house, but because it’s “his spot” during the day we haven’t taken it away!
I would do it all over again in a heartbeat, this pup converted me to crate training!
Post # 14
Lots of benefits of crating listed above. My dog LOVES her crate. We leave the door open and she goes in to nap. Its also helpful to crate train your dogs so they don’t freak out when they are crated at the groomer’s, vet’s, or when boarded. When Mother-In-Law watches our dog at her house, it makes our dog more comfortable when she can still curl up in her crate, even though she isn’t at home.
Post # 15
Thanks for all the info, ladies! And thanks for all the cute pics.. We’re still considering adopting a pup (I posted a few weeks back about it) and every little bit of information helps!
Post # 16
A lot of times it’s to train the puppy more quickly. If you crate a puppy they will be potty trained much quicker than an un-crated puppy. Mostly because dogs don’t like to sit in their own “stuff”. So the crate must be the appropriate size. It can’t be too big because then they will pee in one corner and sleep in the other. Letting your puppy roam around the house certainly means you will find pee/poo around the house as well. I’ve only heard of crating for puppies though. I crated my miniature schnauzer for a few months, and now he just roams around the house. (I’m almost certain he stays in my room, on my bed, while I’m gone… then rushes to the door when I come back).
Crates however, are apparently a “safe house” for your dog. Some dogs, even when their older, love to just sit in their crate, even if their owner is home. Especially if it has a cover over it. It’s like a den or fox hole I guess. Be careful what you put in the crate though… if you leave your dog alone with bones and toys, they could choke on them and pass away while you’re gone. Although, I guess the same can happen if they roam free while you’re gone. I just try to keep bones up while I’m gone.