Why Confining a Dog to a Crate Is Wrong
I hate my dog so I have decided to confine her. I will not leave her outside during the day. I will not subject her to fresh breezes, the birds singing in the trees, the cats running through my yard, or force her to hear the sounds of kids playing on the beach.
Several dog experts have determined that my dog would be much happier locked away in a cage during the day. They tell me it is natural for dogs to spend their time in a den and thus she will feel safe if I allow her no freedom. The crate will be just big enough for her to turn around, but not so large that she is able to get up and defecate or urinate if she needs to.
They think that my dog will be much better off inside my house, locked away in a crate.
Dogs Are Not Den Animals, and Crates Are Not Natural
When dogs are feral, the only time they use a den is when they are raising their puppies. Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, in The Hidden Life of Dogs, recounts the digging of a den by her dogs. This is not normal behavior. She had recently moved to a new state, the dogs were confined for the first time, and there were several other changes in the household. The dogs were upset and were hiding like newborn puppies.
Why do experts recommend using crates? Maybe it is because of the people that are too lazy to own a dog. Crates are convenient but not a natural thing that all dogs accept.
Yes, most dogs can be convinced that it is okay to be confined to a crate. There are crate companies that now sell crates to look like furniture, and of course they tell you that it is okay to lock up your puppy as soon as company comes over. Why bother with training? Just put the dog away and eliminate the issue.
After a while they will give up on complaining and not even beg to be let out. That allows the people that confine their dogs to think they are doing okay.
Most humans in prisons also go back to their cell when they are told.
Are Crates Better Than The Outdoors?
There are a lot of people on the internet who claim to be experts. They recommend that all dogs be crated when the owner is out of the house.
Locking your friend away may keep her from chewing on your new shoes and prevent her from urinating on your carpet, but so does training, picking up after yourself, or leaving her outside.
The majority of people in the US now who think it is wrong to leave a dog outside during the day. Those not able to afford doggie daycare, also the majority, are told that it is all right to incarcerate a dog in a crate during the day. It is not all right.
Actually I do not hate my dog. I used a crate to potty train her when she was seven weeks old, but as soon as she realized that the house was not to be used as her bathroom, I tossed the crate in the trash.
(It was just a cardboard box, so I just added it to my compost heap. If you want to potty train your puppy using a crate, use a cardboard box and get it done in five days. You will not be tempted to keep it in the garage and use it again.)
I am also not going to condemn everyone that uses a crate in all situations. That is wrong. A crate with an open door can be a safe place to sleep, and if your dog does not have a table to lie under when the company comes over, an open crate is an alternative.
A crate with a closed door can be a safe way to move a dog.
If you lock the cage and confine a dog inside the house when you go to work or entertain, however, it is not correct. Your dog does not deserve this sort of treatment.
Please think before you accept the advice out there.
It may be wrong.
More Resources About Crates and Dogs
- Keep Your Dog Outside
Use common sense. Some dogs can do great outside, but you need to choose the right breed. If your dog is going to be outside, do you know what you need to provide?
- How To Housetrain A Puppy In 5 Days
Simple and cheap method to potty train your puppy, with tips on how to spend each day.
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.