The Importance of Giving Your Dog a Space to Call Their Own

May 8, 2017

When you get a dog, you open your heart and your home to them.  Which means your home needs to have the right accommodations in order to allow you and your dog to live in harmony.  One of the ways to achieve this is to provide a space within your home that your dog can call their own.  A space that is theirs and no one else’s.  A space they can retreat to when they want to rest, nap, or relax.  A space that is dedicated to them and their comfort needs.

One of the most common ways to provide this type of space into one’s home is to use a crate.  Crates work great for multiple reasons.  They are relatively small and can be stored out of the way.  They help with training and schedules.  They also come in a variety of styles and sizes to accommodate all dog breeds and aesthetic preferences.

In commercial animal facilities, however, we are seeing a trend of people moving away from crates or cages, and instead incorporating larger accommodations such as runs or even small pet-friendly rooms.  The concept is to no longer provide tight enclosures that close off the animals and instead incorporate larger areas with more visibility and open space.  They want to expand the dog’s world rather than encapsulate it.  This actually causes less stress amongst the dogs in commercial facilities because they are more aware of their surroundings.

I spend a lot of time surfing Houzz for ideas and inspiration and lately I’ve been seeing several photo examples on their website of people incorporating the same larger, run-type enclosures for dogs that are often seen in commercial facilities, but within their homes.  Obviously, this only works if you have the space to spare, but nevertheless it’s a perfect example of giving your dog or dogs a space to call their own within your home.

More on the types of materials to include in these dog accommodations later…

Photo Credit: Houzz

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