Title: The Use and Misuse of Crates for Behavior Management
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Crates are often recommended to help house train dogs, prevent puppy destructiveness and to prevent or manage a variety of problems in older dogs. In some circles, crates are considered the central tool in the training and management of pet dogs. One rationale for using crates is that dogs are “denning animals”, that is, the ancestors of dogs (wolves) lived in dens, therefore, dogs are comfortable staying in crates for long periods of time. But, is this rationale really based on scientific fact? And what’s the support for the notion that puppies (or older dogs) won’t soil where they sleep? What does the ethology of dogs tell us? Does the way the average person uses crates with their dogs meet the welfare requirements for housing dogs? When should crates be used with dogs, and when are they inappropriate? What’s the best way to introduce a dog to a crate? What kinds and sizes of crates are best? Are there alternatives to crates that can serve the same function? This Pro Member Only session addresses these questions and other pertinent ones submitted by participants, that really help the pet professional develop a better understanding of crates and their use.
Sponsor: Behavior Education Network
Speaker(s): Dan Estep; Suzanne Hetts