My dogs are my family, yes, they differ in personality like chalk and cheese, but we love them. I used dog crates to house train them.
“You can trust your dog to guard your house but never trust your dog to guard your sandwich.”
Some people use dog crates as punishment tactics for dogs and it was not meant for that purpose. I get so mad when I think of people who do not respect their pets, I mean why have one if you do not want to look after him/her. The concept of animal haters to animal lovers is incomprehensible. Yes, some animals have fur and may ruin your upholstery then do not get a pet if you are not willing to train them because that is essentially one of the main uses of dog crates.
My German Shepherd dogs are my family, yes, they differ in personality like chalk and cheese, but we love them. Grumpy, my eldest furry ‘child’ is lovable, very obedient, and incredibly smart. Grumpy tends to have very droopy mannerisms such as sighing dramatically then giving us sad looks whenever he wants a walk or treat or pretty much anything hence his name. We used a dog crate to house train him and it worked beautifully. He is a pleasure to have inside, and he is so smart that now he does not even need to grate for potty training anymore because he rings a little bell at the front door when he needs to go outside.
Now our other dog got his name when my daughter and I had gone through a reading frenzy through the ‘Percy Jackson’ series as well as the ‘Heroes of Olympus’ collection series. So, we named our younger furry ‘child’ Percy, and he is an adorable, mischievous little ‘monster’. Struggled to train Percy because he was more interested in eating everything in sight and peeing on everything. Dog crate training did not work so well on this cutie, so he is mostly an outside dog, and he seems to prefer it that way. We still having a bit of a tough time with him even outside because he tends to eat my rose bushes or hosepipe, or my car license plates and his own poo (EWWWW!), so the word handful is an understatement.
We comfort ourselves with the fact that Percy is still a ‘puppy’ so he will hopefully grow out of this villainous phase, and we will keep persevering with our training endeavors. So, basically what I am saying in a nutshell, sometimes dogcarts will work for their intended purpose (Grumpy is a Steller example) and sometimes it takes a bit longer (Percy, need I say more lol). So, you read on and decide if it is worth considering but in my humble opinion, our furry ‘children’ are worth the effort. With the help of XXXL dog crates, we noticed the changes in our dog's behavior after some time although Percy obviously needs more training Ha-ha. Overall, though, we were able to gauge significant ways to use a crate for our dogs which I will list for you below.
Different Uses of dog crates:
• Control ‘Potty’ Or Eating Area
Dogs do not like to eat and ‘potty’ in the same area. Therefore, arrange the dog’s food either in their crate so they know to eat in there or allow them to potty in there so you can control the area they use to ‘potty’.
• Secure space for your dog
After making your dog comfortable in their XXXL dog crates, it creates a sense of security for them in their mind linked to the area. Crates help dogs remain calm in any situation of threat, such as storms or fireworks. This also helps create a sense of tranquility for your dog when you are at the office or your friend's place.
• House training
Introducing a crate for your dog inside the house creates a sense of the boundaries as their den. You might want to specify an area for your dog and tell them not to enter a room, but they do not seem to obey you, and you feel bad for scolding them. No need to worry anymore, with the help of installing a crate because once making your dog comfortable, you would not have to worry about him/her chewing off the sofa or smashing the dishes.
• A new pet home
XXXL dog crates are considered as a home for dogs inside your house especially when they puppies and everything is new and scary. It is like a den for your dog where they can keep their favorite toy and other such possessions.
You can choose if you want to use a dog crate for your pet or not and how you want to use it if you wish to use it, it all depends on what you require from your pet. YOU will get to decide Who let the dogs out... WOOF WOOF woof woof woof
Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on June 21, 2021:
Thank you, Cynthia:) yes, I feel it is important to set boundaries because it cultivates a close, healthy bond with your fur buddy.
Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on June 21, 2021:
for folks who want to have good boundaries in their relationsips with their fur children!
Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on June 06, 2021:
Yes they can be:) thank you for interest Audrey
Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on June 04, 2021:
I have avoided using crates through the years, however, I can see that at times they are useful. Thanks.