Kennel training a puppy or dog is one of the most useful things to teach them. Jon Katz summed it up nicely when he said a dog left loose in the house will find trouble eventually.
I like to leave my mutt out of his kennel as much as possible. When I go to work, Ace does not go in his kennel. He has the whole apartment to himself, minus my bedroom. But I wouldn’t have gotten to the point where I can trust him had it not been for kennel training him to begin with. For the first few months I had Ace, he stayed in his kennel every time I left, no exceptions. Then I slowly built up to where we are now by leaving him out for short periods at a time, then half days, then a few days a week until he could be trusted all the time.
Now that Ace is trained to stay in a kennel, it is a nice option to have when I need it. It is a place for him to go when he needs to relax, and he doesn’t mind his kennel. He actually runs to it when I say “kennel” because he knows he’ll get a bone with peanut butter. If he is in an extra naughty mood or hasn’t been exercised enough, I will still put him in his kennel when I leave. I am not willing to have my night out ruined because I’m worried about the trouble my dog is getting into at home.
What do you think about kennels? Do you believe in kennel training a dog? Are cages cruel? When do you use a kennel for your dog?
Read my post on reasons to buy a dog kennel.