The 3 Benefits Of Crate Training Your Dog

small brown dog sitting in a lords and labradors dog crate with gold cage

Here at Canmore Canines, we're proud to offer high-quality, durable dog crates that compliment your home's interiors. With many owners opting to crate train their dogs, you might be asking why it's worth doing, and if your dog will experience any benefits from using a crate. Here's what we've found whilst crate training: 

  1. To create a safe and secure space for your dog: A crate can provide your dog with a safe and secure space to rest and sleep, especially if you have a young or anxious dog. This can be especially helpful if you have to leave your dog home alone, as it can prevent them from getting into trouble or injuring themselves.

  2. To help with toilet training: A crate can be an effective tool for toilet training a young puppy. Because dogs naturally try to avoid soiling their sleeping area, they will typically hold their bladder while they are in a crate. This can help you establish a routine for taking your puppy outside to "use the loo".

  3. To prevent destructive behaviour: If you have an older dog that tends to chew or scratch things when you're not home, a crate can be a good way to prevent them from causing damage, whilst also keeping them in a familiar space that they find comfortable. 

  4. To help with transportation: If you need to transport your dog, a crate can be a safe and secure way to do so. Crates are required by many airlines for pets traveling in the cargo hold, and are also recommended for car travel to keep your dog safe in case of an accident. If you travel frequently with your dog, it's a good idea to familiarise them with their crate first so they have time to relax and adapt to their new space.

Above all - crate training should be carried out gradually, and always with your dog's comfort in mind. Your dog's crate should be large enough for them to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably, and it should be located in a quiet, low-traffic area of your home. You should also make sure to take your dog out of the crate frequently to go to the loo and stretch their legs.

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