Number 5 – Keeping your new Puppy safe
Especially if you are getting a puppy, safety has to come first: Puppies are extremely creative little geniuses when it comes to getting themselves into trouble – and into serious danger. Even if you do your utmost to puppy-proof your house and yard, your baby dog is almost guaranteed to find a loophole. For example, they might decide to lick a hidden power-outlet, or nibble on that one single toxic plant in your garden. Alternatively, they might decide to eat little rocks or any other objects they can find. Many an unfortunate owner has had to pay dearly for their puppy’s self-destructive appetite in the form of expensive surgery. Therefore, when it comes to preventing your youngster from endangering themselves, nothing beats the safety of a crate.
Number 4 – Keeping your Home safe
Our number 4 point on today’s TOP 5 reasons for crate-training is no less important, even though it does not concern your puppy’s survival – but rather that of your possessions: Especially if your new dog is already fully grown by the time you bring them home, their strong teeth can wreak absolute havoc on the interior of your home: If motivated by separation anxiety, boredom or sheer lack of education about what and what not to chew, dogs can do an amazing amount of damage. And in a very short time: An innocent 30-minutes trip to the store might cause the demise of your sofa, or the end of your favourite pair of shoes. This particularly applies to large and powerful dogs, such as bully breeds or the seemingly innocent Retrievers. As the proud owner of a Labrador Retriever myself, I can personally attest to the startling damage the jaws of an adolescent Lab can do inside the house. So, believe me when I say: Crates are a Heaven-sent when it comes to keeping your home safe from your new dog!
Number 3 – Housebreaking Puppies
Our number 3 reason for getting your dog used to a crate from the start is the immense help crates provide with housetraining. And not only for puppies: Quite often, adult dogs need to be housetrained as well when coming into a new home – especially if they have been kept outside by their previous owner. Or if they have spent quite a bit of time in a shelter, and gotten used to doing their business in various spots in their kennel. The reason why crates are so perfect for housebreaking is that dogs do not (usually!) eliminate near their sleeping spot. And as crates are relatively small - compared to the size of outdoor kennels, for example -, dogs will only soil a crate if they absolutely cannot help it.
Number 2 – Best Doggy-Den ever
Seeking out dens as sleeping spots in nature is deeply ingrained in the genetics of our modern dogs. Which is why most dogs take to crates quite easily. Surprisingly often, dogs positively love their crate. So much so that they prefer them to any other sleeping spot in the house – and happily slip into them whenever they want to rest. The reason for this is the burrow-like structure of the crate, especially if you partially cover it with blankets to contribute to the cosy den-like feeling. In this way, your dog will quickly learn to associate its crate with comfort and security.
Number 1 – Safety on the Road
And our number 1 reason for getting your new canine companion used to a crate is to make road trips an (even more) enjoyable and safe experience: Crates are a far safer way for taking your dog along with you in a car than most other methods. Not to mention they are about the easiest way to bring your dog on outings, visits or vacations: “The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommends dogs of all sizes be secured in a crate or carrier for travel, both for your dog’s safety and to prevent distractions for the driver.”