That is the question – Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer destruction and misfortune, or to take arms against a sea of anxious energy and, by opposing, end them?
Why do dogs destroy things when we’re gone? Even the best behaved can get into mischief without something to entertain them… And for many dogs the worst fear is that when you leave you aren’t coming back.
What can we do to alleviate these stressors? How can we make life easier for our dogs, our homes, and our bank accounts?
This is a much debated subject even amongst trainers regarding how long is appropriate or even whether any time is acceptable. Most trainers agree that a properly trained and conditioned dog will BENEFIT from crate training. It’s a sad fact of life that most of us can’t have our dogs with us 24/7; we have work and school and social obligations.
With that said, it is an essential life skill for our dogs to learn how to be alone and entertain themselves constructively. A properly sized crate is a great place to start. The linked article is by the Karen Pryor Academy, one of the industry’s foremost educational authorities on force free training. In this article it discusses crate training and how to decide if it’s right for you and your dog.
The question you have to ask yourself is: if my dog is anxious enough to destroy things while I’m gone or bored enough then why would I not want to do everything I can to make them more comfortable? Properly crate training gives them a safe place that they enjoy being where they get toys and treats and good things ALWAYS happen. Not much different than you going to your room for peace and quiet.
Take a look and feel free to ask any questions that may come to mind in the comments and lets discuss!