It's one of the best investments you can make.
For thousands of
years dogs have responded to their
instinct to den by creating one under a table, in a corner or a closet.
To you it's a crate,
to your dog, it's a den, a home with a view. It provides a secure area
with walls all around--a forest without bugs.
It's a housebreaking tool
because dogs and wolves do not soil their den. You can take your puppy from its home to
its bathroom to teach housebreaking.
It's great for puppy
socialization, allowing your puppy to be in the middle of everything without being in
It teaches a puppy about time out
and gives you a chance to take time for yourself.
It prevents destructive chewing
when you can't be in the same place as your puppy.
It's a place where a dog can dream
about food or rest quietly knowing it's shielded from cats, kids and other dogs.
It's a sanctuary for your dog,
way to escape small children when it needs some space; an opportunity to teach kids about
"space" and how everything needs a little.
It's a familiar, homey place
for your dog because it's scented by its own body with a soft rug and favorite old
To an old dog its crate is
like a pair of slippers, friendly, relaxing, well worn and well known.
(c) 1999 Barbara Bouyet