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Preventing Pet Emergencies Through Crate Training

Hefner_iStock_000028457668_MediumWhile many people do utilize a crate for their dog, there are many misconceptions out there regarding crate training. People worry that pets who are crated may be cramped, bored, or in an unnatural environment. However, this is rarely the case – especially when a dedicated pet owner is involved.

Properly crated pets still receive plenty of exercise and interaction, and many view the crate as a safe, positive environment. When used right, crate training can also be a valuable means of keeping your pet safe and even preventing pet emergencies all together.

How Crate Training Can Prevent Pet Emergencies

Even with the best of efforts, there is no way to entirely pet-proof a home. However, your pet’s crate can help provide a secure, safe place when you are unable to supervise your four-legged friend while you’re away. Unattended pets frequently engage in destructive or even dangerous behavior due to boredom or separation anxiety. Crate training can help prevent the following pet emergencies:

  • Ingestion of foreign objects – Pets may chew up and swallow objects that they shouldn’t, such as toys, clothing, or the television remote control. These types of objects may pass without incident, but they also can become lodged in the intestinal tract, which, in turn, may require emergency surgery.
  • Chewing on electrical cords – Curious pets often explore the world with their mouths. Electrical cords are often right at their level and can be intriguing. If your pet were to chew on a plugged-in electrical cord, the resulting shock sustained can result in cardiopulmonary distress and even death.
  • Ingestion of toxic substances – Besides eating things that may become stuck in the gastrointestinal tract, dogs may also ingest things that are poisonous or harmful as well. These items can include  human medications, pet medication in inappropriate quantities, food items such as chocolate, or household chemicals such as cleaning products.

Other Benefits of Crate Training

Besides keeping your pet safe when you are not at home, crate training can also have some other important benefits.

At some point most pets will need to spend time confined in a cage or crate. This may be during:

  • Travel
  • Grooming
  • Hospitalization
  • Boarding

If your dog is already familiar with a crate, he or she will find these experiences much less stressful and will do better than those who are not used to being crated.

Another time when crate training may benefit your pet is during an emergency situation. Home evacuations due to natural disasters, fires, and floods all send people packing from their homes every year. Having a pet who is used to being in a crate can make your life much easier should you ever find yourself in such a situation.

Crate training can be a valuable tool for pet owners when preventing pet emergencies as well as during other special circumstances. A crate can be a safe place for your pet to find comfort in. Crate training, when properly done, is a great thing for most pets.