Paw-rent Dilemma: Crate vs Dog Bed?

Wyld Cub always believe in the dog paw-rent having complete ownership in the decisions they make for their dogs. The biggest motto you can live by is that everything you do is in the best interest of your dog. But it’s also important to remember that you are not your dog’s concierge and if something does not work for you, it’s your house and you can make the rules. So long as they are fair, moral and just for everyone involved, including the dog! 

So the big question when getting a dog is whether to create a space for them in a crate or let them have a dog bed with nothing enclosing them. Now, for starters it’s really important to note that crate training or a crate situation is not a punishment, cruel or horrible environment if it is done right. We will link how to crate train from some really good website here:

https://www.clickertraining.com/to-crate-or-not-to-crate 

https://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/trainers-truth-about-crates/174 

https://www.battersea.org.uk/pet-advice/dog-advice/how-crate-train-your-dog 

https://www.pdsa.org.uk/taking-care-of-your-pet/looking-after-your-pet/puppies-dogs/crate-training 

https://www.paws.org/resources/how-to-crate-train-your-dog/ 

But what’s really important and what you should take from crate training is that it is a safe environment for your dog to have their own safe space, that can be open or closed and when it’s bedtime the crate doors are usually closed. The alternative is to have a dog bed for your dog and they can be placed in the kitchen or a space in the house which is still their space, but they can freely roam in the room. It’s personal preference but for some reason there is a huge debate in difference on what is right and wrong. We believe, as long as your dog is safe and comfortable and has a space for them where they have toys, their home comforts and a place to safely sleep, then it is the discretion of the paw-rent who ultimately decides. 

To make it simple, the crate training has steadily become the more favourable way of training your puppy or dog that comes into your home, but only over the past few years. More crates have become available that look cute and safe. I think generally crate training or your dog having a crate is associated with your dog being treated like a farm dog that sleeps outside in the cold and hates their life; but that is not the case. 

Simply, we know the benefits of your dog having a dog bed in an open room, but we will list a few anyway and then we will list the benefits and bonuses of your dog having a crate. Then you can make your decision of what best suits and fits your dog and your home dynamic. 

Benefits of a dog bed:

  • Dogs like a lot of short naps and do not sleep for very long periods but sleep a lot. They like to get up and move around as well as change positions. Having their own space that is not restricted to a further crate allows them to freely move around 
  • The freedom of a movement 
  • It’s makes them feel more comfortable
  • They feel they have a space in their own home 

Benefits of a crate can generate a very big list, but it’s truly about understanding that you can have the benefits of a dog bed and simply place it in a crate. A crate does not need to be the style you put in your car boot for transport or the ones you see in a vet, it can be a simple barrier that expands over an area of the house which is theirs. It can have their dogs, multiple beds and a space for toilet training if they are pups, so they can go there during the night if they cannot hold it. Remember, dog do not like to pee and poop where they sleep, so it can be stressful and distressing for them if they have to do that where they sleep. 

  • If your dog is taught through positive reinforcement to love the crate, the crate becomes their own private and safe space, much like a bedroom for a child
  • It can be a place the dog can go and not be bothered. For example if a dog simply sleeps on the sofa and their dog beds are just there for daily leisure, they may invade your space but you can’t get mad at them because they don’t have an alternative space to go to!
  • Dogs have a natural instinct to be in a den so a crate benefits them very easily 
  • A crate that is sized properly encourages a dog to not mess where they sleep, helping bladder and bowel control (but this should not be a sole reason for crate life, as this toilet control should be trained from the outset regardless of where they sleep or relax)
  • A crate prevents your dog or puppy from getting into trouble when you cannot supervise them directly such as when you are cooking or working
  • A crate encourages our dog to expect and enjoy some downtime on their own. If they are used to time on their own from an early age this can help later with separation anxiety 

The concerns are valid and we admit upon reading the word crate you read cage. But on the contrary, you can get amazing types of crates that are different in size and can locate them in different places in the house and some double as furniture! We want to attach some photos of very amazing crates we’ve seen to inspire you and put your mind at ease for those who have their dogs in crates or if you decide to create a crate space for your dog!

All photos are linked so click on them for them to take you to the website.

 

 

 

 

Mano Mano Dog Crates 

 Fido Studio Dog crate - Omlet 

Not In The Dog House - Dog Crates

Not In The Dog House - All Dog Beds 

Your dog still needs a bed and blankets and all the bits in between!