International Association of Companion Animal Behavior Counselors
Christina Shusterich article on the Treatment of Stranger Phobia in a Beagle published internationally by the Association Of Companion Animal Behavior Counselors - An International Membership and Certification Organization of Companion Animal Behavioral Specialists
Out of the Cage!
Locking dogs in crates/cages is not good for them. Is that really a surprise or is their a natural human aversion to do so? I don't think anyone enjoys shelter commercials with dog locked in cages, in fact, it is a motivator to adopt and rescue them. Locked cages absolutely fails to meet critical normal dog behavior and needs such as active play, chewing, chasing, searching/exploring, performing jobs, and being challenged and exercised mentally and physically - this is 24/7 dog behavior needs that need to be continually and in fact can be easily created and met in our dog's fundamental environment in our homes, not just on outside excursions. Further, immobilizing, caging and depriving dogs of the minimum ability to walk is unnatural and deleterious, and contributes to hyperactivity and behavior problems once let out of the immobility forced by the cage. It contributes to the development of and always worsens separation anxiety.
In reality, every reason cited for locking dogs in cages is much better met and more effective without caging! (though that does not sell cages and crates) Read on exactly how we can really take the best care of our dogs in line with their nature, creating the happiest dogs and deepest, peaceful harmony with our dogs - out of a cage!"