The great crate training debate has been one that people have argued for or against for quite some time. People are split almost down the middle on whether or not they should try this training method on their dog. For anyone who is unaware of what this term means, it is the process of teaching your pet to accept their cage or crate as their safe and familiar place to be. Through time and a lot of patience, this little area can become their den which can be used to transport the dog. It can also be used as a place for them to be when the owners are not home. Some even use it as a time out area. The pros and cons of using a cage for a puppy or grown dog are numerous. There are plenty of reasons people stand behind their decisions, on both sides of the issue. We will go over some of the pros and cons so that anyone considering this option can make an informative decision. One of the biggest pros that comes with successful training has to do with potty training. For puppies, and dogs of all ages that may suffer from potty issues, a crate can help them and you to control those problems. Another high point is that your dog can be confined in a safe space for several hours as needed. Being in their safe zone allows them to relax and not stress out because they are home alone. If you travel frequently, their crate is a perfect way to get your dog to any destination. Whether it is a veterinarian visit or a vacation, your dog can be transported safely and stress free. Once your dog is fully trained, they will often seek out their cage as their safe haven in order to relax. Here are a few cons to think about. Crate training may not work for every dog. In rare situations, a dog may become more stressed or anxious inside this confined area. You might occasionally see this if the dog was not introduced to it as a puppy. If the cage is not the correct size, and is too big, it can actually cause the training to fail. This can easily be remedied however, by making sure the cage or crate you use is the correct size. If you decide to go this route with your dog, here are a couple of tips to keep in mind. A dog is more willing to comply when tired, so try to get them some exercise before you begin each training session. Remember to use positive reinforcement as well, so they will associate good feelings with their new area. It really is up to the individual owner and dog to figure out if crate training will work for them. Weigh the pros and cons and then if you want to try it, make sure you spend the time necessary to train your dog to the crate.
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