The use of a crate in dog training is highly debated amongst experts and dog…
Many dogs love car rides, and you have likely seen a dog sitting in a car with its head sticking out the window enjoying the rush of the wind. While this certainly does look cute and the canine is enjoying itself, the reality is that this can actually be quite dangerous for both the owner and the dog. A dog that is not secured in a moving vehicle can become seriously injured if the driver breaks suddenly or there is an accident, as there is nothing preventing the animal from becoming a projectile. For this reason alone, it is important that when you transport your dog by car, it is placed in a crate.
Using a crate in a car helps to ensure the safe and easy transpiration of your dog. However, in order for your dog to be comfortable with this experience, it must be crate trained. Crate training should be started in your home and is a process that will take time, so it is important to familiarize your pet with the practice as soon as possible, as you will only be able to effectively use the crate in the car once your dog has reached the advanced stages of training.
Once your pet is comfortable in its crate, and sees it as its sanctuary, you can then begin taking your dog on short car trips to have it become accustomed to the experience and motions of the vehicle. When you feel your dog is ready, take longer journeys. Although you may feel inclined to speed up the process, it is in your best interest to take it slow and build up the length of travel to ensure your dog’s comfort and best results.
When the crate is placed in the car, it should be properly secured and strapped in so it doesn’t move around. This will provide your dog with greater security and stability. Keep in mind that dogs like to see what’s going on around them, so make sure your canine can see out a window. The more it can gauge what’s going on in its surroundings, the happier it will be.
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