When properly used, a dog crate is an effective tool for training your dog. Using a crate you can train your dog to be content in a crate, furthermore, you can provide a safe, comfortable place that is just for your dog. This is a place they can retreat to when they need some alone time, and can comfortably sleep in at night. Crates also are a safer way to transport your dog. Crates are particularly advantageous when introducing a new dog into your household, using a crate can also prevent your dog from being destructive.
Unfortunately, crates can be easily misused. They should only be used as a reasonably short-term management tool, not where you keep your dog all day and night (this would be cruel and negligent). You should try to work on any existing behavior problems in order to correct them and you should train your dog so that it’s not necessary to crate it 8 hours every weekday throughout her life. Over-confining your dog is bad for your dog’s health, socialization, and can inadvertently cause behavioral problems from the resulting lack of exercise, training, socialization and companionship.
Most dogs quickly adjust to using their crates, and many prefer to sleep or take refuge in their crate when they’re tired or things get too hectic around the house.
You can use a crate to safely contain your dog when you can’t monitor him/ her behavior closely, including when you go to bed. Crates are great during house training, as dogs don’t like to soil their sleeping areas, they will naturally avoid eliminating in their crate.
Your dog’s crate should be sized so that your dog can comfortably lie down, stand up without having to crouch and turn around.
You can use a crate to curb destructive behavior. It is important that dogs and puppies learn to refrain from doing a lot of things in their homes, such as tearing apart shoes, chewing table legs, ripping up cushions etc. In order to correct poor behavior you need to observe and monitor behavior. By confining your pup in a crate when you cannot monitor your dog can prevent unwanted behavior (eg. when you go to work).
When it is bedtime, your dog’s body systems and elimination slow down which is why your pup can go all night without eliminating once they’re old enough to have adequate bladder and bowel control. However, during the day, neither dogs nor puppies should not be crated for any longer than four or five hours at a time. If you are crating a puppy for more than two hours, you should provide water by attaching a water bottle dispenser to the crate.
If you’re interested in crate options available for your dog, check out these below:
Petnation Port-A-Crate E2 Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home (comes in 6 sizes)
Petmate Sky Kennel (comes in 6 sizes)