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Why Crate Train Your Dog?
Many people think that crate training is cruel, and is like incarceration. The truth is that crate training can help your dog be happy and content, or it can be a source of great distress and that depends on you, the dog owner and how you approach the task. Now, before we continue we have to tell you that we are not trained behaviorists and that you should seek advice from a trained professional.
So, Is Crate training Cruel?
In the wild, dogs will seek shelter in a secluded and safe place. Their life may depend on this. A safe and sheltered location will have a restricted entrance that is easily defended by the dog. In the wild we call this a den and in your home it is the dog crate. It is natural for your dog to seek shelter in this way.
If you do not provide a safe place for your dog, he will likely try to adopt a spot in the home that most closely matches the conditions he would find in the wild. She'll curl up in the corner, under a chair or table, desparate to find a safe place to snuggle up. Chances are that this won't be where you want your dog to stay.
A Midwest Dog Crate will be like home and properly used will be that den that your dog is looking for. Instinctively dogs will not eliminate in their den, so this aids housebreaking. As another bonus, your crate will keep your pet from using your furniture as a chew toy!
Do's and Don'ts
Do make your crate a nice comfortable place for your dog
Do take off all collars or tags to reduce the risk of entanglement
Do secure all latches
Do exercise your pet for at least 45 minutes per day
Do leave her fresh water every day
Don't keep him locked up for more than four hours at a time - come home and let him out
Don't leave your pet with toys or treats that could be a chocking hazard
Don't tolerate aggressive defensive behavior from your dog - some dogs can be "cage guarders"
Don't ever use the crate to discipline your dog
So that's it. A Midwest Dog Crate could be the best thing you do for your dog and your home.