I often hear people say that they don't want to use a crate because they think it might be cruel. I have to say that there are situations where that crate can be a cruel thing for your dog. However, if done properly, it is the most wonderful thing your dog will ever get. Let me tell you a few reasons why using a crate will be good for you and your dog.
The greatest gift you can give your dog
When I have people tell me they think it may be cruel, I tell them that they are absolutely wrong because a crate can be the greatest gift you can give your dog. It provides that special place where they can go when they want to get away from everything else. You know what I mean, kids are noisy drinking and TVs are loud for your dog, a crate is a place to go to get away from it all.
In case you forget the dogs are animals and the crate becomes your dog's log cabin. Now this may not be the case if you choose the wrong type of crate. I'm talking about an airline plastic crate, it's the best. On the other hand, the wire cages used by some do not resemble a lake at all. In fact, sitting inside one would say that you felt like you were in prison with all the bars. A good crate is darker and more closed which is an advantage of a plastic carrier.
Like Tight Places
If you've ever noticed most dogs love to go to tight spots. You know what I mean by the couch or between that big chair and the wall. They like a place that makes them feel like they're in a crowd. So, when choosing a crate, make sure it is the right size. The crate should be large enough for your dog to stand up and turn and lie down. It should not be big enough to invite friends to a party.
It becomes their special place to go
The crate becomes your dog's special place where everything is hectic and noisy. Hell, I'm actually betting you should go into that situation, too. The crate becomes that special place for your dog
Great for travel
The crate is great for traveling and keeping your dog in the car. In fact, if you connect your dog with you, you will find that many hotels will even allow your dog at the hotel as long as you use the crate.
A safe place to hold your dog when you're gone
Having a bag for your dog is a safe place to keep your young dog safe when he is gone. When your dog is in a crate, your furniture is safe from destruction and unable to swallow anything that could suffocate him. Of course, as you mature, you probably won't need to grow anymore because it has gone through that destructive phase without developing that habit.
Last but not least, a crate is the perfect way to train your dog. What makes it so effective is that your dog learns not to do his job in the bagpipe because he sleeps there and you can train your dog at any time using this method.
As you can see, there are many good reasons to use a crate, so stop thinking of it as a cruel place to hold your dog, instead think of it as the greatest gift you can give to your new best friend.