Written by Christine Durrant, Professional Dog Trainer and Pet Care Consultant
There are differing opinions around the subject of crate training for dogs. Some feel that putting a dog in a "cage" is cruel, while others value the benefits of crate training. I've had dogs that were crate trained and others that were not, and there is no denying that having a crate trained dog is helpful for many reasons, including safety and training.
Using a crate for a puppy or dog can be compared to the use of a crib or playpen for a child. They are used to keep them safe when we can't watch their every move. It's also a great place for some quiet time, a safe sleeping spot and a place of comfort.
Here are some true/false examples to help you to understand the benefits of using crates with dogs: