Confining dogs to a cage, or what is recognized by animal coaches as ‘crate training’ has become increasingly popular for dog owners who want to discipline their pet canines. Many believe that training dogs to stay in a tiny space inhibits the latter from forming destructive behaviors, and also makes them feel safe and secure.
However, caging dogs is deemed ‘unethical’ and not beneficial, as it only hinders them from behaving well in a human environment. This act is only ‘convenient’ for irresponsible dog guardians who are preventing their pets from fulfilling their necessities, such as stretching out, relaxing, and walking around freely.
According to Emma and Ray Lincoln, the authors of ‘Dogs Hate Crates: How Abusive Crate Training Hurts Dogs, Families & Society’, putting dogs in a cage is what people recognize as the ‘easiest way to deal with any dog’s behavior.’ Although it is beneficial for some owners, the Lincolns pointed out that prolonged confinement can be physically and psychologically damaging for dogs and puppies.
Dogs caged for extended periods may develop psychological disorders
Isolating dogs will not make them feel comfortable and safe. Instead, it makes them aggressive. ‘Dogs Hate Crates’ authors, who are also dog trainers and behavioral specialists, detailed the harmful effects of crating on dogs and their families.
“Over-crated dogs can suffer complications from cage rage to anxiety and depression. That spells torment for animals who prefer companionship to solitude,” the Lincolns said.
In addition, a recent study has shown that long-term confinement is detrimental to the well-being of dogs and other animals. They can suffer from separation-related behavior problems and other disorders, including the following:
- Extreme boredom
- Eating disorders
- Obsessive licking
- Inability to play with humans and other dogs
Since dogs are highly social mammals, they have to be close to their family or their owners to avoid canine separation disorders.
Crating dogs may give them physical problems
In severe cases, when dogs are caged from puppyhood, they can have physical abnormalities and multiple health issues such as:
- Excessive barking
- Retention of urine
- Limb deformities
- Permanently crippled
Those are some of the reasons why dogs should walk or run freely, so that they will not likely develop any deformities.
Do not confine dogs to ‘small’ spaces
Owners who often confine their dogs in a cage say that their pets love ‘crates’, but that’s a hoax. Neither humans nor animals like to be locked inside a small cage. Dogs are social by nature, so they deserve to be in a place where they can roam around and be with the other dogs.
If you are confining your dogs in a crate or if you know someone who does, it’s now the time to give your pet dogs the true meaning of ‘safety’ and ‘comfort.’
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