“Why do you put your dogs in the crate?” – We get this question all too often. Our dogs eat in the crates and they sleep in the crates. They also go in the crates when there are too many distractions in the environment that we have no control over. We have been told many times that it is cruel, we have been told many times that dogs enjoy sleeping on our beds and it is beneficial to both them and us. Without going into which is best and what is right and wrong, here are the most important points and the main reasons why we believe crating and confining the dogs into their own spaces is beneficial.
The Safe Zone
Safety is one of the major reasons why our dogs are crate-trained, play pen trained, room trained, small spaced trained. There are times whereby you need a dog to stay at a place for an extended period of time to be safe. For example, you have a relative that is just too afraid of dogs and it will be best for your dog to stay at one place during that period of time. (yes, if they don’t like dogs they can stop visiting, but lets face it. In reality, we have less control over this than we can hope for) Or, if you have an injured dog, you need them to stop moving and the best way to do it, is of course, the crate. If you have a dog that throws up during car rides, crating can be a valuable investment. When they feel safe and relax in the crate, they can bring this mindset with them if they have their crates in the car. If you have a crate trained dog, you can go anywhere with them, all around the world.
Once the dogs are accustomed to crates or small space confinements, all they do is relax or sleep. It puts the trainings or their destroyer minds to halt. One of the worse thing that you can do while training your dog is to allow mistakes when you are not watching. If you are training a dog to pee correctly on the pee pad or stop marking, you want to make sure that behaviour continues even when you are not watching, and the worse thing that can happen is that they repeat the mistakes because you are not there to correct. Crating or confining allows you to put a pause button to your training.
Dogs like small, cramp, cozy areas. If you find your dog under the bed, under a chair, in-between the sofas, you know what we mean. Furthermore, we own terriers. These are little sneaky earth dogs who love to dig and hide in small dark areas. A crate is like an individual little den for them, it makes them feel safe and relax.
When Do We Crate Our Dogs?
We keep our dogs in the crates or in pens when we are not around. Of course we have been asked too many times, why don’t we let them roam around the whole house. We won’t and never will let them wander around the house or in fact, any areas unsupervised. Dogs, when left alone in a place with endless freedom, make silly decisions. And when they are in a pack, they make even more silly decisions.
We keep them in the crates during feeding time. We believe that they should be given their own space during feeding, reducing the need for guarding and aggression. Dogs, by nature guard their food, it is our job to keep the level of guarding to the lowest and reduce any need to do so.
If you have multiple dogs at home, you know it is impossible to have a good night sleep with them all on your bed, regardless of the benefits that many articles claimed that it provides. With the dogs in the crates, they sleep soundly, we sleep soundly. They are not disturbed by other dogs and most importantly, we are not disturbed by them. Like us, they enjoy the privilege of having their own spaces. In case you are wondering, they sleep upside down in the crates. And all crate doors are closed, of course -whats the use of a crate if the door is not closed? This may be surprising, but most dogs prefer to be in a small area and they very much prefer to know where their boundaries are. If you have a security camera at home, take a look after at the camera. Most of you will find your dog at the same old spot every single day.
Lastly, it gives us a peace of mind. We all want to enjoy time outside without having to worry about the dogs at home. Worrying about whether they are scratching the gates, peeing at the legs of chairs, barking their heads off at another dog passing by, stealing food left on the tabletop or wondering where the hell they are when you can’t find them on the camera. All the dogs are in the room, in the pens or in the crates when we are not around. There have never been any exception, they are happy to be where we tell them to be, and we are calm and worry-free.