WHEN IT COMES TO CRATES, THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
July 15, 2016 by Tiffany Lovell
Most dog professional feel crates are a necessity when sharing your life with a dog. Crates can be a great management tool. They are helpful with a new puppy?s house-training routine. They can be a wonderful place for your dog to safely go and relax when there are too many visitors in the home or small children are at risk of bothering him. They are often recommended to safely transport dogs in a vehicle, and they can be a nice, comfy place for your dog to take his afternoon nap. But what about crate training for separation anxiety?
Having said all of the above, you may be surprised to hear that I don?t always recommend using a crate. The reason is, as a certified separation anxiety trainer, I spend much of my time working with dogs who suffer from separation anxiety and isolation distress. These dogs? brains process things a bit differently, and confining them to a small space can often heighten their anxiety and stress levels. Think of it like being trapped in an elevator full of people, or in a traffic jam in an underground tunnel. Even those of us without anxiety issues may become a bit nervous or uncomfortable. Now add in an actual anxiety disorder and bam!, you have a full blown panic attack.
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This does not mean I have given up on crate training Ranger. Only that I realise it can only happen, if he is able to not panic in one.
I will always feel dogs are safer during travel when crated. And we never know if due to sickness, or injury one them might have to stay overnight at a vets.