What Do I Do After Crate Training?
By Ooboo Designs – Maker of the Pet Haven.
According to the Humane Society, here is the philosophy of crate training.
Crate training uses a dog’s natural instincts as a den animal. A wild dog’s den is his home, a place to sleep, hide from danger, and raise a family. The crate becomes your dog’s den, an ideal spot to snooze or take refuge during a thunderstorm.
- The primary use for a crate is housetraining. Dogs don’t like to soil their dens.
- The crate can limit access to the rest of the house while he learns other rules, like not to chew on furniture.
- Crates are a safe way to transport your dog in the car.
So once your dog is house trained by using a crate, what do you replace it with? By now your pet has most likely gotten use to the crate as a security zone. Especially when stressed, she now feels comfortable readily entering and exiting the crate even when not being “trained.”
Many owners retire the crate to the garage or simply get rid of it. Usually it is replaced by a cozy dog bed. Beds are great places for your dog to relax, but now there is no more “security zone.” Since the dog no longer has her crate to retire to, she will start to find her own new security zone. You may notice her disappearing under the bed, behind the couch or in your closet. Anxiety is a daily experience for most dogs and finding a retreat to feel safe is crucial.
A non-confining indoor house is a fantastic option for a dog that has been previously crate trained.
Owners are realizing that, just like a healthy diet, so is a healthy environment for a dog. Think about it. You walk around in your environment all day and then at the end of the day, you go to your house. Well for a dog, their environment is your house. So shouldn’t she have her own house too?
If you tend to agree with this logic, please check out our Pet Haven – Indoor Dog House. It looks fantastic, includes and memory foam bed, has attic toy storage, AND is portable and travel friendly. by Ooboo Designs