Originally Posted by Besoeker
I don't know how common it is. Not very I should think. I grew up with dogs. On a daily basis we meet lots of people with their dogs. But crates?
And I still don't get it.
We do have a crate/cage but we got it for when it is mandatory for travel. It hasn't been used and I can't think of any reason why we would. Other than for travel.
Even then we went to Scotland, over 1100 miles with the dog in the car, stayed in hotels, a cottage, and no crate/cage. As I said, I just don't get it.
A lot of people use a crate for housetraining the puppy, If the owner does not have another way to confine the puppy, and cannot be with it watching it, then the crate is a convenient place to confine the puppy so it does not get into the habit of pottying in the house.
If a dog has separation anxiety and destroys things due to it's anxiety, and I know some cases where the dog has destroyed door and window frames, not to mention hurting their self in the process. A crate can be a way to keep the dog, and house, safe. Some dogs are actually calmer in the crate then they are loose in the house.
If a dog injures it's self and is required to be on strict crate rest it goes a lot easier if the dog has been crate trained and actually doesn't mind being in the crate.
If the dog needs to be kenneled, either at a kennel or the vet, it's easier on the dog if it's crate trained.
If a person needs to crate the dog in order to travel with it, like on an airplane, then it's best for the dog if it's been crate trained.
A lot of dogs actually view the crate as a den and will willingly go in it to rest if they have been crate trained, and some people with kids will teach the dog and kids that that's the dog's resting place and when the dog is in it's crate it's not to be bothered.
Those are the reasons I can think of off the top of my head, but I'm sure there are more.