It’s Not A Dog Prison
Some say the origin of dog crates dates back to the days of World War II when canines were used to sniff out land mines and for other tracking purposes. Their handlers needed a safe way to transport the animals and they housed them inside wooden crates when traveling.
The Great Crate Debate – It’s not a prison for dogs
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For decades there’s been an ongoing debate about using these confines when it comes to housing our canines. Organizations like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) liken them to a cage and compare them to being put into prison. But this group specifically points to the practice of aggressive training techniques and animals spending an inordinate amount of time inside these kennels.
I Love my Crate!
But that’s a result of human behavior and not relative to how a dog (or even a cat) may feel safely tucked inside these tiny homes with handles. After all, just because an animal is inside one of these crates doesn’t necessarily mean the door needs to be closed and latched.
Crate training is a relatively simple process and begins with introducing the animal to the kennel with the door being left open. With some gentle persuasion and a few treats, a dog or cat will feel comfortable within these confines in a very short time.
Crate Training Tip – Never use your dog’s crate as punishment
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If for no other reason, a crate is the safest way for an animal to travel and even if they aren’t a regular passenger with you, they still need to be taken to the veterinarian’s office. Once they’ve arrived, inside their crate is also the safest place for them to remain until the doctor sees them.
When inside your vehicle, if you’re involved in an accident, their crate provides a number of additional safety features:
- They won’t be able to escape through a broken window
- Off the street, they will avoid the possibility of being struck by a passing motorist
- They’ll avoid the likelihood of being struck by a moving object inside the car
- If you are unresponsive, emergency personnel will be able to easily rescue your pet
There are a number of times and different situations when a dog is safer in a crate that isn’t necessarily associated with traveling. For example, you could have a number of guests in your home, children running around and a number of other distractions that could be alarming to your animal. Locking them away in a spare room could be confusing for them, but if they’re already crate trained, they’re accustomed to this comfortable and safe environment.
Since most animals do feel safer inside this “den-like” housing structure, some pets who are bothered by things like thunder and lightning, fireworks or sirens will likely be calmer inside their kennel. It also gives them a sense of their very own, personal space and a place they can go to be at peace.
What is the safest place for your dog in many situations? Find out here.
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Crate training is an option with many rewards and benefits, but it’s still a choice. Consider all the pros, along with the few cons, when making this choice for the care of your pet.
I hope this article has helped you understand that crates are not a prison for dogs. They are their safe place in many situations.
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Suzanne Dean, ABCDT
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