So often owners tell me they crate their dogs only when the dog gets into trouble. The crate is a tool that, if used properly, can and will prevent your dog from getting into things. It is (or should be viewed as) a place where dogs can go to relax and unwind. Dogs are den animals, and are programmed to get cozy in a small space, like the crate. Humans tend to think dogs should be allowed to free-roam the house, but that’s not a good idea for most dogs, especially for young puppies and insecure dogs. Giving some dogs too much too soon is dangerous.
If your dog is crate trained and goes there periodically on its own, then continue the practice. Many owners feel like once their dog reaches adulthood, they no longer need the crate, so they pack it away. But that can lead to problems too, because the dog is now forced to find another safe haven. Leave the crate up and available to your dog.
So what can you do to get started, especially if your dog is not crate trained?
First, crate train your dog. You can do it yourself, or you can hire a trainer to assist. For Do-It-Yourself types, go to my link below for a fun crate training drill. If you work long hours and have to crate your pooch for long hours, then consider hiring a pet sitter. Be sure and read their reviews, ask for references (and call them!), and ask if they are insured.
Get into a daily practice of crating your dog. Do it when there is a lot of chaos in the house, and also do it when the house is calm. It is also a leadership exercise (you are giving your dog a command with the expectation it will follow through). Crating is a win-win for both dog and owner.
Here is a video on Kennel Up Drills to help get you started. If you need help, please check out my services to see how I can assist you. You can also watch the video below to get started.