Why Dog Crate Training? Reasons Why Every Dog Needs (Some) Crate Training
How crate training can benefit your dog for everyday use or unforeseen emergencies, even if you never plan to own or use a dog crate long-term.
Whether you’ve invited a brand new puppy into your family or your dog is on the more mature side, it’s never too early (or late) to begin crate training your four-legged friend.
You might have formed certain perceptions around crating your dog, perhaps you even dislike the look of crates or feel that it’s cruel to your pup in some way. But the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.
Crate training your dog can actually offer multiple benefits for both you and your canine companion, including keeping them safe and secure when you’re at home or on the move, whilst also providing them with a private and cosy area that is purely their own.
Even if you don’t plan to use a dog crate long-term, which is 100% a personal choice, in the article below we reveal why crate training your dog is still essential for any pet parent.
Reasons You May Need to Crate Your Dog
There are many reasons you may wish to crate your dog. These include:
To leave your pup in a secure space, when you’re unable to monitor them
To give them their own peaceful place to rest and sleep, away from main household movement and noise
To help transport your dog, whether interstate or overseas
To secure your dog during an emergency or to support post-surgery healing
To assist with housebreaking, as dogs instinctively dislike soiling their sleeping space
To easily confine your dog when visitors come to your home
To provide a safe den during fireworks or when otherwise stressed
You may even have your own reasons not included on this list. What’s important is that the crate is treated as an inviting, safe and comfortable place for your pup.
Which brings us onto…
Advice on Crate Training
If you’re looking for crate training help, then here’s some essential advice on successful dog crate training to get you started.
Don’t expect to crate train your dog overnight.
This can be a longer process than many pet parents expect, which is why – where possible – it’s better to start this training when your dog is a puppy (although mature and senior dogs can still be crate trained too.)
The RSPCA has provided this handy quickfire overview of the key steps to crate training your dog. Our personal advice is to set up a dog crate training schedule and stick to it, as its through persistence and patience that this training will be successful.
Also, don’t worry if you see some dog crate training regression. What often happens with this kind of training is you’ll make gradual progress, a little at a time, with the occasional setback every now and then. That’s completely normal. Just keep going!
Don’t use it as a form of punishment.
Many dog training experts and behaviourists recommend never using a crate as a negative or ‘time out’ space for undesirable behaviour. If used as a form of punishment, your pup will quickly form negative associations with this space and may be resistant to entering a crate in the future as a result, potentially becoming stressed or destructive if then forced into one.
Likewise, be mindful of whether your dog has separation anxiety. In this case crating may again not be appropriate for your pup, as it can in fact heighten their anxiety or reactivity.
Make sure your dog has regular breaks from their crate.
You should not leave your dog in a crate for extended periods of time, especially without proper enrichment and physical stimulation. Overnight crating is obviously a different story, however you should not leave your dog in a crate the entire time you leave the house for your 9-5 job, for example. In that case, someone will need to pop in to let your dog out for a stretch of their legs and toilet time at some point in the day.
In a crate, the recommendation is 3-4 hours max for an adult dog, and 1-2 hours for a puppy. (The Petminda pods have a maximum of one hour stay at a time)
As much as we’d love to always have our pups by our side, there are going to be times when you need to leave Fido on his own. In those circumstances, you want to be able to leave your dog, confident that they’re going to remain comfortable, calm and safe in your absence.
But what about when you’re out in public and need to swing by a shop that doesn’t permit our four-legged friends on their premises? It’s not like you can lug a full-size dog crate everywhere you go, after all!
Well, that’s exactly why Petminda pet pods were created: to provide a safe, secure space where your canine companion can chill out as you do your thing in the shops.
Vet approved, temperature controlled, with a fail safe design and live-video monitoring, our pet pods have been designed with your pup’s protection and comfort in mind, whilst also offering you the convenience and relief of worry-free shopping.
The first of their kind in Australia, you can learn more about our pet pods here.
We hope you’ve found this article helpful in highlighting the benefits of crate training for your own dog. Make sure to reach out and say hey to us across our socials too – we love to hear from you!
Love the Petminda team