Crates, pens, and gates can be great tools for the management of dogs. Some will take to being confined more easily than others. Comfort during confinement is a learned (not instinctive) behavior. The space where your dog is confined needs to be a safe, comfortable place for them – it should not be used for punishment or long-term storage.
When used incorrectly, dogs learn to be afraid of or dislike the space. Always remove the collar/harness prior to leaving a dog unsupervised. Equipment meant for walking can be a strangulation hazard, see the Naked Dog Project for more information on collar safety.
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