Is It Cruel To Crate A Dog At Night
Whether you’re a new dog owner or have been with your pooch for years, you’ve probably seen a lot of coverage about whether it’s cruel to keep your canine in a crate at night. For example, there’s been a lot of discussion lately about our president’s decision to keep his dogs in crates while they’re at the White House (which they apparently don’t really like), plus how actor and comedian Ricky Gervais is being criticized by the American Humane Society and the Dogs Trust for keeping his pups in crates while he goes off to work and play concerts. With all this spotlight on crating, what should you make of this issue?
Dogs are natural-born den animals.
Dogs are pack animals and den animals, so they seek out a place to call their own. They also want to be part of a family, but if they can’t find that perfect spot—the one they can call home—they will do what they can to make their own personal space.
You know how some people like the idea of having an office in the basement or attic? That’s because those spaces are theirs alone and not shared with anyone else. They don’t have to worry about sharing their favorite chair or anything else that belongs only to them.
If you give your dog a crate during the day, it becomes his or her “office-away-from-office.” The pup doesn’t have worry about anyone stealing his toys because only he will have access when you aren’t around (and even then, he’ll probably check on them every few hours).
Dogs can become distressed when they’re away from you.
Dogs are social animals, which means that they thrive on companionship. Dogs are pack animals, meaning that they seek out others in order to feel secure and safe. And dogs have a strong sense of territory; the space you set aside for your dog is both its home and its territory.
So when it comes time for your dog to go into his crate at night or on weekends, he’ll likely feel anxious about being away from you—and rightfully so! He’s used to being with his people as much as possible, and now he’s been left alone (or possibly locked up) in a foreign place where he feels vulnerable and exposed.
Tethering is as bad as caging.
Tethering is as bad as caging. Dogs are not meant to be kept in a small space for long periods of time, so it is just as cruel to tether your dog at night as it is to cage them. If you must leave your dog alone for long periods of time, try leaving toys and treats around the house or yard that they can play with while you’re gone. This will help keep them busy and give them something fun to do while they wait for you to return home!
Not all dogs “get” the crate.
Just like people, not all dogs “get” crates. Some are more independent and don’t like being confined. Some are more anxious and don’t like being confined. And some dogs just love their independence so much that they will go out of their way to be destructive in order to avoid the crate.
If you have a dog who is afraid of the crate or simply doesn’t want to be confined during sleep time, you may find that it’s best for them if you don’t use a crate at night at all. If that sounds like your situation, we recommend trying out other sleep solutions instead—like a small room for your pet or even using one corner of your bed!
It takes time to crate-train your dog.
To crate-train your dog, you’ll need to start when he’s young and teach him to enjoy his time in the crate. It can take weeks or even months for some dogs to begin feeling comfortable in the crate, so be patient and consistent with them.
If you want your dog to learn that being confined is not a big deal, you must make sure they have plenty of positive experiences while they’re inside their crates. Dogs like good smells and are drawn towards anything new (and sometimes scary) at first because they want to investigate it further; so if you can give them a toy or treat every once in awhile when they’re locked up, this will help them get used to being closed off from the rest of your house.
It also helps if there are certain times during which these things happen—for example: If my dog hears me preparing food but doesn’t see me eating it until later on (the kitchen is on another level of our apartment), then I always let her out after making myself lunch so she gets excited about eating hers afterwards!
Dogs feel more secure when they have a place to go where they can rest undisturbed.
Dogs are pack animals. They feel safe, secure and happy when they have a place to go where they can rest undisturbed. In the wild, dogs sleep in dens or caves that they dig out themselves. When domesticated dogs live in our homes, we provide them with such a den — usually a crate or kennel. A dog’s home is his castle!
A crate or kennel should be large enough for your pet to stand up without hitting his head on the top of it and turn around without having to turn around in circles. It should also be wide enough so he can lie down comfortably while still leaving room for food dishes and water bowls to be placed within reach from either side (or front) of him/her if you prefer this set-up over putting them on top of something else inside your home (i.e., countertops) instead of just on top of something directly next door inside another room altogether like what would normally happen during camping trips since those areas tend not
Crates keep dogs (and your possessions) safe.
A crate serves a lot of important purposes.
- It keeps your dog safe from getting into trouble. If your dog is crated for a specific period each day and night, it’s less likely to chew up furniture or get into things on the floor (like garbage or food scraps).
- It keeps your dog safe from getting lost. If you’re gone all day at work, but come home sometimes during the day to let in some fresh air and refill water bowls, it’s much easier for a pup left loose in the house to slip out an open door unnoticed than if she were safely contained in her crate while you were away.
- It keeps your dog safe from hurting itself. Depending on what kind of breed you have, this can be especially important; some breeds are prone to such problems as self-mutilation and submissive urination when they feel anxious or threatened by their surroundings (or simply because they’re puppies!). A crate can help prevent these behaviors by giving them somewhere else to go during those times when they feel most uncomfortable–in other words: when the rest of us humans aren’t there looking out for them!
- It keeps your dog safe from hurting others around him/herself–including other people or pets who might share an apartment with him/her–because again: not having access 24 hours per day means less chance there’ll be trouble down at least one end of that leash!
Crates can make traveling with your dog much easier and less stressful for both of you.
A crate can be used for a car, a plane, a hotel room, or even as a temporary home. If you plan to travel with your dog and need to leave him in the car while shopping or at the hotel while you’re out exploring, having him in his crate will keep him safe and content.
The most important thing to remember when traveling with your dog is that they get stressed out easily. So make sure he’s comfortable before leaving him alone for any period of time.
A crate is not only not cruel, it’s a very good thing for a dog that’s properly trained for one.
A crate is not only not cruel, it’s a very good thing for a dog that’s properly trained for one. It’s just like any other piece of furniture in your home — you wouldn’t expect to be able to sleep on a couch or chair without having been taught how to use it safely, and the same goes for crating your dog.
A crate is simply an enclosed space where the dog can go when you need him/her out of the way or when they need some alone time. It doesn’t have to be used as punishment (although some people do use them that way). A crate should be large enough that your pet can comfortably stand up and turn around, but not much bigger than that. Most crates come with dividers so you can adjust them as needed by removing partitions if necessary; however, there are also collapsible crates which are easier for travel if you plan on taking your pup along with you often!
A crate is not only not cruel, it’s a very good thing for a dog that’s properly trained for one. It can provide security, protection from danger, and help prevent destructive behavior. It also makes travel much easier on both you and the dog. That said, it has to be used correctly and humanely in order to remain a positive thing. If you’re going to use one, make sure you do your research so that you know what you’re doing before putting your dog in the crate at night—or any other time of day! While they may seem like they’re tough as nails (and they are), dogs are sensitive creatures who deserve our respect and care.