Crate Training: Why Is It So Important?!
At first thought for new dog owners, it’s easy to see crates as intimidating and mean. Don’t they look like too-small cages for your dog? Isn’t it fundamentally wrong to keep an animal in a cage like that? These are all common concerns for people who are introduced to crate training as a way to help your dog learn, but it’s fundamental to understand the crate as a den; a haven for your dog to retreat to.
Crate training is often used in puppyhood while you’re teaching your dog to settle down for the night. This can be good for potty-training and setting a schedule, as well as protecting your house from overnight puppy terrorizing.
Over time, the dog will get comfortable with going in the crate on their own when they want to sleep, because it’s their personal space and it’s where they feel safe. But this tool shouldn’t be left behind once your dog grows up. If your dog is dealing with separation anxiety or gets nervous around people, the crate can be provided to prevent bad habits, like destructive chewing or unnecessary stress. The crate is not meant to be a punishment tool, but rather a positive management one where your dog has the option to retreat into their space.
Unsure of how to introduce the crate in a positive and meaningful way? Our trainer at Excelsior Dog Training NYC is very comfortable with crate training and would be happy to give you some pointers on how to start. Call us today at 718.855.4425 for a in-home dog training behavioral assessment to get you and your pet on the right track.