A dog’s most basic need for safety is shelter or a den. While your dog may feel that your whole house is his den, it can sometimes be too large of a space for him to feel secure. This may cause him to feel stressed and confused, rather than safe and sound.
Richard and Vicki Horowitz from Barkbusters along with five month old Max, a Cavapoo, came to Good Morning Connecticut to talk about our dog’s desire to feel safe.
They said many dogs like to have their own bed where they can rest and where they won’t be disturbed. But some dogs appreciate something more than this; they like a small, dark space to go to where they feel safe. This is where a crate can be useful and fill a dog’s need to have his own den. So when is a crate helpful? A properly introduce crate can be a benefit when traveling or if visiting overnight outside of your home. They said a crate also helps with housebreaking and keeps your dog and house safe from harm or mischief.
When buying a crate, Barkbusters has a few tips. They said it should never be used as a punishment, The crate should be appropriate for your dogs size, roomy enough for him to stand up, turn around and lay down. Also avoid leaving a dog in his crate for an extended period of time. And if you will be away long periods of time, arrange for a friend or pet sitter to let your dog out to go to the bathroom.
The best way to introduce a crate is to leave the door opened so he can come and go as he pleases. Make it a positive by praising him when he goes into the crate. Barkbusters also says to consider feeding the dog in the crate which will make it a positive association. Remember, the need for safety and shelter is just one of your dog’s needs. If his needs are appropriately addressed he will be a happy relaxed pet.