Why crate or confine your dog?

There are so many reasons why we love crates and confinement for short-term management! While there are myths floating around, such as “dogs are den-animals and should naturally love their crate”, we can certainly make confinement a positive experience for them, whether it’s for a mischievous puppy or adolescent dog, a new rescue with whom you have yet to trust with free run, a senior dog with incontinence issues, or for a reactive dog who isn’t keen to have strangers coming into the home.  

Crating and confinement are key players in environmental management and problem prevention. We’ve drummed up a list of the most common reasons to crate train dogs:  

  • assist in house-training a puppy or foster dog 
  • keeping your puppy or dog safe from harm when unsupervised 
  • give them a private space of their own for meals, rest, and chewing 
  • separate a younger pup from an older dog whose play styles are not compatible 
  • give you peace of mind if you have visitors who are uncomfortable around dogs 
  •  have children who are playing rambunctiously 
  • provide a safe confinement option for the car, the aeroplane, or hotel stays 
  • eliminate as much anxiety as possible during overnight vet clinic stays 
  • have a leg up on crate rest during an injury or illness  
  • give a controlled and slow integration to new foster dogs