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Old 03-06-2013, 06:52 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by Bigboy View Post
Yes When Nipper was spayed. And yes I realise some times a crate can be use full but I still think some people do over do it! What I do have a problem with is when a dog has behavioural problems sometimes owners just crate thinking the problems will go away For vets visits and travelling on long car journeys it's a great idea I am not the only member on here that's never crated either!
Of course, people overdo. This is why it is important to provide them with the information to correctly train and properly use the crate. You are providing them with an invaluable tool for the comfort, safety, and management of their dog while taking advantage of a dog's natural inclination for using a den. The benefits go far beyond car travel and vet stays, though think for a minute about how much less the stress level is for a dog in such a situation when it has previously had crate training and now sees its crate as a place of security and refuge instead of having it thrust upon them in an already uncomfortable situation. Crate training can greatly assist with housetraining and behavioral training:

"The crate is a place for the dog to be when no one is around to supervise him. It is the dog's bed and sanctuary. Its purpose is to provide confinement for reasons of safety, security for the dog, housetraining, prevention of destructive behavior, and/or travel.

Why use a dog crate?
Correctly and humanely used, a crate can have many advantages for both you and your dog:

Can enjoy peace of mind when leaving your dog home alone, knowing that nothing can be soiled or destroyed-and that she is comfortable, protected and not developing any bad habits.
Can housetrain your dog quickly by using the confinement to encourage control, establish a regular routine for outdoor elimination, and prevent accidents at night or when your dog is left alone.
Can effectively confine your dog at times when she may be under foot (i.e., when you have guests, at mealtimes), over-excited, or bothered by too much confusion or activity (such, as lots of children running around the house).
Can travel with your dog safely and be assured that she will more easily adapt to strange surroundings as long as she has her familiar "security blanket," her crate.
Your dog...
Can enjoy the privacy and security of a den of her own, to which she can retreat when tired, stressed or not feeling well.
Can avoid much of the fear, confusion and anxiety caused by your reaction to problem behavior.
Can more easily learn to control her bowels and to associate elimination only with the outdoors.
Can be spared the loneliness and frustration of having to be isolated, in the basement or outdoors, from indoor family surroundings when she needs to be restricted from certain things.
Can be more conveniently included in family outings and trips instead of being left behind alone.
Because dogs are highly social animals, it is important they are indoors much of the time, even when you are not home or are sleeping and can't interact with them. Your dog needs to feel that he is a part of the family, and that feeling of belonging comes from being included in family activities and living in the house even when her family may not be there.

A crate allows you to leave her in the house when you are away, or unable to supervise her. If she were to spend large amounts of time outside, she would very likely start to exhibit problem behaviors such as barking, digging, fence jumping and chewing. These problems can be avoided by keeping her inside and making her an integral part of the family."

PAWS - Crate Training - Benefits

Many dogs outgrow the need for a crate but the benefits to the dog last thoughout its life.
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