The Only Time to Lock a Crate

A crate is not a dog sitter or problem solver.


People lock their dogs in their crates for all kinds of reasons, often to keep them out of trouble when they are not home. We are not fans of that strategy. In the main, a dog should be kept in her crate only when she is being “toilet” trained and you are right there in the house with her. If she doesn’t do her “business” when you take her outside, you can put her in a comfy crate outfitted with soft crib bumpers, a fluffy blanket, and a couple of toys for 15 minutes or so until she builds up the urge to go and you try again. That way, she will learn to eliminate outdoors.

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