Learn how crate training not only provides your puppy with a safe retreat, but it can also help with separation anxieties and potty training, to mention a few! Read on to discover more great benefits of crating your puppy.
Crating your puppy can be highly beneficial to both puppy and owner.
Unfortunately there are many inexperienced dog owners who think that crating a dog is cruel and are often quite upset by the idea, when in fact it's quite the opposite.
Crating is one of the kindest things you can do for a puppy.
Let me explain.
Dogs love small spaces. Period.
Just watch them, you'll often see them curl up under the coffee table, under a chair, or in the corner of the sofa; in fact they'll claim any cozy-looking corner as their own!
A crate will provide that cozy corner for your puppy and he'll soon view his cage as his special 'den'; his own personal space and a safe haven.
It's often not until the breeder, or someone experienced in crating puppies, points out the many benefits crating can provide, that skeptical owners realize that dog cages aren't cruel boxes in which to lock away puppies, but that they provide a safe and secure place for our Cocker Spaniels.
There are many good reasons why crating your puppy is a good idea and the following are some good examples:
Crate training your dog helps to provide a safe and secure area for your pet; his own safe 'personal space' where he can go when he's tired or when he simply wants a bit of peace and quiet.
If your pup isn't yet fully house-trained, crating him will give him a helping hand. Dogs instinctively try to avoid soiling their den, so if your puppy is crated, he'll try to hold it until he's taken outside.
The very act of caging your pup can help to calm him and settle him down, meaning he's less likely to get overly stressed and suffer separation anxiety.
Puppy crate training makes for a less stressful life for you too. Knowing that he's safely crated will give you peace of mind.
No more chasing around trying to catch up with a mischievous little Cocker Spaniel!
Confining your pup to his cage when you're not free to keep an eye on him will help to minimize any damage to your home. Puppies love to bite and chew, it's what they do, but sometimes puppy chewing can get out of hand.
This where a crate really comes in handy as it will save your furniture or your favourite slippers from being chewed to bits, not to mention your sanity!
If you crate train your puppy, you'll discover just how useful it can be when travelling.
Unfamiliar surroundings and new noises may make your dog feel uneasy, but his familiar crate and blankets will give him comfort and security.
A crate is ideal for transporting your pet from one place to another by car and can either be placed on the back seat, or in the boot if you have an estate car.
This will keep your pup safe inside the car until you're ready to let him out, and because your dog won't be loose in the car, it will be much safer for you or the driver should you need to brake suddenly.
If you ever need to take your Cocker Spaniel abroad, and your only option is to fly, he'll need to be caged during the flight.
Flying is stressful enough for any pet, even one used to a crate, so imagine how he'd feel if he'd never been in one before.
If you do plan to fly, please note that for the crate to be suitable for air travel it must meet the (strict) regulations for airline approved dog carriers, otherwise your dog may not be allowed to travel.
There will be many times when you need to take your puppy to the vet - hopefully, they'll all be for regular routine check ups - and a plastic crate is ideal for this, however, he'll soon outgrow it.
Vets use wire cages for pets who need to stay overnight whilst being treated so if your Cocker Spaniel is not used to a crate, a stay at the vets could cause him a great deal of unnecessary stress.
We can't always take out pets with us on holiday (more's the pity) and this is when we have to make the heart-breaking decision to leave them in boarding kennels for a couple of weeks.
Whilst he'll be well looked after while you're away, he'll feel much happier if he's already used to being in a crate.
If you can't bear the thought of kennelling your pet, you might like to consider a dog sitter staying in your home, or having your pet looked after in their home. It may be more expensive, but in my opinion it's well worth it.
Unfortunately not all hotels will accept dogs, however those that do will be more relaxed about you leaving your Cocker in the room while you go off sight-seeing if they know he's crated.
Now that you understand the benefits of using a crate for your puppy, I hope I've convinced you that it's not cruel and that it's simply providing the perfect environment that any dog will love.