Crate Training: Pros, Cons, and Tips

To crate train...or not to crate train?

The debate rages on.

Some say that this form of training is cruel and inhumane. Others insist that it’s the best option for keeping dogs safe and secure while their owners are at work.

What’s the right answer?

Like most controversial issues, that answer is by no means simple and depends on your situation.

Here is our breakdown of the pros and cons of crate training, along with a few helpful tips.

Crate Training Pros

It simplifies potty training.

One of the most stressful things about raising a new puppy is toilet training. Accidents in the house are upsetting to everyone (including your dog). Since dogs won’t use the place they sleep as a toilet, this helps your puppy learn when and where it’s appropriate to go.

It provides your dog with his own space.

He may not be a person (let’s be honest, he’s better than a person), but your dog still needs personal space. A crate provides a type of “den,” in which your dog can safely go for refuge if he needs a break from the interaction. As long as the crate is comfortable and pleasant for your dog, he’ll go in it quite happily on his own.

It keeps her safe.

A crate (as long as you’ve picked the right one) makes it impossible for your dog to hurt herself. It protects her from chewing harmful substances, such as electrical cords, or making herself sick by getting into the trash.

Crate Training Cons

It can be dangerous to your dog.

It’s imperative to make sure that you’ve correctly assembled the crate; otherwise, it can collapse and hurt your furry friend. It’s also a good idea to remove his collar and leash before leaving him in the crate, to make sure he can’t get them caught on the bars, causing strangulation. Or you can choose SlumberPod for Pets, a crating solution that is easy to assemble and has no dangerous bars that your dog can get caught on.

It can be traumatic if she’s left in it too long.

How would you feel if you had to sit in a small confined space for eight hours every day? That’s just how your dog thinks about it, too. Spending too much time in her crate can leave your dog with an array of dysfunctional behaviors, just as it would do for you or me.

He might view it as a punishment. 

If spending time in his crate is not a pleasurable experience for your dog, he may quickly come to see it as a punishment. If the crate is too small for your dog, or if he has had a bad experience with crates already, it’s not a good idea to leave him in it.

Tips

Make the crate a pleasant place.

You want your dog to consider the crate as her happy place, that she can go in and out of as she wants. Avoid shutting the door all the time or leaving her in the crate for long periods. Create a comfortable environment in the crate and help your pet associate it with positive things. 

Consider hiring a dog walker.

Dogs should never be left in their crate for more than eight hours at a time. If you’re going to be gone for longer than this, it’s best to hire a professional dog walker to come in and walk your pooch while you’re at work.

Be sure to use the right size crate.

Select a crate with care. It should be small enough that your dog won’t use it as a toilet but big enough that he can stand or stretch out with ease.

If you want to try crate training your pup, SlumberPod for Pets offers a great solution. It allows you to create a safe, homey place for your best friend, no matter where you are.