That is the question.
All pet parents want their pups to be the happiest that they can be. For some, that means crating their dogs to allow for house-training and encouraging the pup's appreciation of down-time and for others that means allowing dogs to break free of the crating trend. While crating does yield many potential benefits, for those who do not approve, there are many other alternatives. Take a look at what we view are the top benefits and alternatives to crating your furry friend.
Benefits of Crating
A crate can serve as an effective house-training tool. Given that the crate is sized properly to fit your pup, it can help your dog control their bladder since it encourages their natural instinct to not create a mess where they sleep. This also means that you won’t have to worry about cleaning up their mess after the fact.
2. Prevents Mischief
When you are at work, there is no way you can supervise them directly. By using a crate, you are making sure that there is no mischief your pup can get into while you’re not watching. Crates may also be a great place for downtime when you are busy in another part of your home, cooking, or doing anything that takes your attention away from your dog’s whereabouts.
3. Pup Relaxation
Crate training also can be a great way to train your dog to enjoy their downtime and to condition a relaxed behavior. If trained properly, your dog will come to appreciate the sense of relaxation that they experience during their time in the crate.
Alternatives to Crate Training
1. Bringing Your Dog to Work
If your work is pet-friendly and your pup is well-behaved, then bringing them to work with you may be the perfect alternative to crate training. This means that you won’t have to worry about your dog getting into mischief around the home and you can be assured that they are happy. As a bonus, having a dog in the workplace can do wonders for company morale!
2. Dog Walkers or Sitters
If you are away for most of the day or your dog has separation anxiety, then getting a dog walker or sitter may be the perfect alternative for you. This could mean having a friend, family member, or dog walker stop by while your dog is home, playing with them and giving them the attention that they crave when you aren’t home.
3. Doggy Daycare
Of course, doggy daycare is always a great alternative to crating your dog during the day. You don’t have to worry about them destroying your favorite pair of shoes or tearing up pillows. Instead, they will be getting the socialization, exercise, and attention that they need!