It wasn’t until about 30 years ago that people started putting their dogs into crates to transport them to shows and, eventually, to keep them from doing damage at home. Other countries find crating barbaric, but it’s become standard practice in the United States, sanctioned by all types of trainers.
Is crating merely for human convenience? Is there a scientific basis to the notion that dogs like their faux dens — to the point that they want to be locked into them?
I’ll be exploring all these questions in this week’s Friday Five question: Is crating okay?
P.S. I’ve got lots of articles defending crating. Anyone care to offer the counter argument? I’m especially eager to hear from people in other countries besides the U.S.