To Crate or Not to Crate?

    Here at NLOL, we often hear from dog owners that they are wary of using a crate for their dog because they feel that is cruel. And sometimes, we hear that some owners use crates as a form of punishing their dog. To help clarify the proper usage and purpose of crates, we provided some information that we hope will serve to educate those who may be uncertain whether a crate is right for their dog.

    The Humane Society offers tips and resources to help understand how to train your dog (and you!) how and why to use a crate: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/crate_training.html.

    At NLOL, we utilize crates often for transporting our dogs safely in our vehicle and also to help our rescues with behavioral issues like separation anxiety and hyperactivity. Crates are also very instrumental in emergency situations should you need to evacuate for any reason. They can help keep your dog calm and safe in uncertain situations while keeping other pets and people safe too.

    If you should still have any questions regarding crate training your dog, don't hestitate to reach out to our training team at training@nlol.org.