Crate Training Offers Your Dog a Healthier, Happier Life

Crates help your pet relax at the veterinarian’s. Dogs who are crate-trained learn to live with short, necessary periods of comfortable confinement. This is never more important than at the veterinarian’s, when a pet needs to be caged while being prepared for or recovering from surgery or other treatment that requires hospitalization. While every effort is made by hospital staff to make a pet’s stay less stressful, a pet’s temperament, training and experience will matter more than anything that can be done for him. To the dog who learned during puppyhood that a crate is a safe place to be, confinement isn’t going to add to the stress. And when a dog goes home with instructions to keep from reinjuring himself, that crate will again protect him from harm.

Crates save lives when disaster strikes. How many times have we seen this, from hurricanes to floods to earthquakes and more? Dealing with pets in a disaster means putting them in crates so they won’t hurt themselves or others while being evacuated or sheltered while awaiting their owners or new homes. Again, those pets who are used to crates will be much better off in these stressful circumstances. And for families who evacuate with their pets, finding emergency lodging is far easier when pets are crated. In a time of crisis, hotels that usually won’t take pets will often accept them if they’re crated.

As I wrote earlier, I try to stay clear of arguing with others, but this advice against crating your pets? Like Dr. Coren, I couldn’t let it stand unchallenged. Crates aren’t cruel, and I’d hate for any pet lover to think otherwise.

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