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The Great Dog Kennel Debate

To kennel or not to kennel – that is the question. Recently the growing trend in dog circles is to kennel your dog at home for training purposes and to keep your house clean and when you head off for work. Let’s take a look at the kennel debate objectively to see both the good and the bad points of kenneling your dog.

To kennel

Advocates of owning dog kennels will tell you that their dogs end up loving the kennels once they get used to them. The dogs go into them willingly and want to be there on their own free will. People that like kennels will let you know that their dogs are very well behaved and don’t have indoor accidents like other dogs do.

Also, lovers of dog kennels will say that fixing up the kennel to make it a safe warm home for your dog is what he needs. Since dogs are packing animals by nature they want a secure place to sleep. Many dog owners use the kennel to house their dog when they are at work and feel that they are protecting not only their homes but the dog as well.

Not to kennel

Oppositions to the debate over dog kennels say that kennels are cruel and are similar to caging up the animal. They feel that the dog should not be confined in a small space for hours at a time and if you fear for the dog’s safety when you are work you should find the dog another home.

These people don’t see the kennel as a warm and inviting home for the dog but rather as a cage that the dog has succumbed to. They believe that the dog has gotten used to the cage because it has had to and not by free choice. They’ll go on to say that putting pets in dog kennels is a form of animal abuse that should not be tolerated.

There are definitely two sides to this debate and you’ll have to make up your own mind which side of the fence you’re sitting on. Once you make your decision, however, you’ll have to be prepared to stick to it and not back down. No matter whether you decide to use dog kennels or not, you are going to receive some opposition from people that are on the other side of the debate. The best thing you can do is make a choice that you feel comfortable with and then carry it through.