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Q&A: “To Crate Train or Not to Crate Train”?

Question by Samcatlover: “To Crate Train or Not to Crate Train”?

I will be getting my lab soon (whatever color and gender it may be).

I have a dog door leading into a large, fenced in yard (just redone). (If that would be a factor.)

I hate listening to puppies cry but this will be my first puppy that I will be caring for 24/7 and training by myself mostly (probably a responsibility test by my crafty parents) and I want to do what is right for the puppy.

I’d LOVE to sleep with the puppy but I’d like to hear arguments for or against crate training first befor I decide 🙂

Best answer:

Answer by Tarkarri
All dogs should be crate trained in a non threatening situation.

While you may choose to not use a crate regularly, this training reduces their stress when use of crate is required, possibly in an emergency situation.

My 2 lap dogs sleep on my bed, but are crate trained (it is a game we play) as they may need to be crated at the Vet’s and I live in a bushfire area and they would need to be crated if we have to evacuate..

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  • Definitely crate train for both your sake and your puppy’s sake. It’ll save you so much time, stress, and money in using a crate. If you have to do some work, papers, work around the house, shower, laundry, and don’t want to worry about the puppy getting anywhere, you can just stick him in the crate which he will grow to like.

    Also, think of this: you don’t crate train your puppy. But, an emergency situation arises and he gets either injured or sick. At the vet, where do they put him… they don’t let him wander, they stick him in a crate. How much more stressful would a crate be if he hasn’t been crate trained? The stress could cause him to panic, making the injury worse, AND stress causes a weaker immune system thus a weaker response to the disease.

    It’s not bad to crate train. My puppy, a 3.5 month old GSD sleeps in his crate with the door open and goes in there either voluntarily or as soon as I say “crate.”

  • My vote is “to crate train”!!! … and here’s why. A crate is nothing more than my pet’s own bedroom. It is a safe place where there are no electrical wires to chew on, where one can go when things are too stressful, and how one learns to be potty trained correctly.

    Also, during the course of a dog’s life there will be circumstances where the dog will be crated … like the Vets, the Groomers, the Pet Boarding places when you must leave town without your dog. So, it is best that he knows HOW to Kennel UP!!!

    I do not allow my dog on the bed without permission. I say when he can come up and visit and when he has to leave. My reasons for this are numerous: I am the boss, not his littermate; should I acquire a life partner I do not want any mistake about who’s bed it is and who belongs in it; I choose not to sleep with fleas, ticks and/or worms; and heaven forbid the thought of bladder control problems!!!!

  • My dog sleeps with me now but he slept in a crate for two years. We made a game of getting him to go into the crate. I took off his collar, so as not to catch on the crate. I then told him to get a toy because it was bedtime. After a week or two I would find him in there with his little toy, door open waiting for me to go to bed.

  • The main purpose crate training serves is to limit your puppy’s space indoors when you can’t watch or supervise her. Some people find crates unappealing or feel they have a jail-like atmosphere, but dogs, by nature, are denning animals. The truth is that they usually take great comfort in having a small, secure space of their own.

  • Crate train.

    Puppies are safe in crates when you can’t watch them
    Aids in housebreaking

    Can you imagine if he needs surgery and has never been crated? He’ll be so much more stressed if a crate situation is new

    Ever been in a car accident? Dogs are thrown and killed. Traveling in a crate is the safest way for a dog to travel. A flying dog can kill YOU too in a car.

    A dog that is comfortable in a crate is a happier, safer dog

  • crate train…..you won’t be sorry!

    if you’re worried about crying during the night put the crate right next to your bed & place an article of clothing that you’ve recently worn. this will help give the puppy a sense of security & make him feel less lonely.

    having a dog door does not constitute proper house training. just because the dog can go in & out as he pleases does not mean he’ll be able to ‘hold it’ when necessary. i’ve known several dogs that were raised with dog doors & every one of them had issues in that department.

  • It totally depends on what you want of the dog. If you want the best behaved dog in the world, one that will follow all hand signals and so forth i would crate train it. If you want a dog that simply loves you to death and does the major things like walk on a leash, set, stay and so on let it sleep with you.

    Labs have a very loving personality and do love to share the bed with you, i feel they are happier when they can.The young couple who live across the street from me have a lab who sleeps with them, yet they can tell him to set and he will set at the edge of the sidewalk and watch them over here and patiently await their return, i think that is what i would really want from a dog.

    I do believe, however, that they should have a create that is their own space and they are comfortable in it in case of travel needs and so forth, i do not consider that create trained.

    The best of luck to you with your new dog

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