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Why is it important to crate train your dog? I will be honest, Katie was never in a crate until she was five and we moved from Germany to the US. I was only in a crate occasionally as a puppy, but Bailie is nicely crate trained and it has come in handy for multiple reasons. A dog can grow up and live a full life and never be in a crate, but often in life situations will arise where a crate is either required or the best idea. Because of this, pet parents should consider crate training for their dog.
To shop for a crate and see what is out there, I took my furry little self right over to my local PetSmart® store. Did you know you know they have a sale on crates, kennels, carriers, and accessories during the month of March? It is the perfect time to purchase one if you don’t already have one.
PetsMart has a wide variety of crates, kennels, and carriers available for purchase. Some of the options are soft sided, wire, or hard plastic. All of the crates PetsMart sells are airline approved, so if you are planning on air travel with your pup, you are covered.
At home we have a variety of sizes of hard plastic crates in case we need them. I found PetMate® crates like the ones we have at home at PetsMart.
Some of the benefits of crate training are:
- To give your dog a secure “den like” place of his own
- It can help make house breaking easier as a dog doesn’t want to sit in his own mess
- Crates keep dogs safe when you are away or cannot watch them
- Being contained can help stop behavioral issues
- When traveling a crate can keep your dog contained for everyone’s safety
What if you adopt a dog and not a puppy, should you crate train? Absolutely! My mom figured we would be living in Germany forever, so when we suddenly were moving back to the US, Katie and I had to fly which meant crating. We had a crash course in crate training to help lessen the stress for us when we were kenneled and loaded into an airplane for a ten hour flight.
Bailie and I started nose work class last year and it is required to be kenneled when you are not searching. We both sit quietly in our assigned crates and wait for our turn, but many dogs are not used to being crated and they bark, cry, howl, try to dig out, and are not happy. We had no idea we would need to be in a crate for sports but are happy we are crate trained so it doesn’t bother us.