The Crate

There is no negative aspect to crating a puppy if it is done properly. One of the most effective tools that a person can use is a crate. The proper use of the crate ensures that puppies can cohabitate with us successfully.

  • A crate keeps your puppy safe while you are away from home.
  • It is a powerful tool to aid in bathroom training your pup.
  • It provides your puppy with a place of his own where he can feel safe.
  • It safeguards your home from puppy destruction.
  • The use of a crate provides you with downtime from supervising the pup.
  • It is a place where your pup can go to have a nap and sleep off the exercise from socializing, playing games, and training.
  • It is a place where you know your dog is not getting into trouble when you are otherwise occupied.
  • It is an important skill to teach a pup if he will need to be crated at some point in life; at the vet, at the groomers, when boarding, etc.

A Great Crate Start

Properly introduce the crate shortly upon arriving home and your pup will embrace it as his own.

In order to make the initial introduction of the crate a successful one, use toys and treats to encourage your puppy to spend time in it. Leave the door open so that your puppy might explore it on his own. Keep the first sessions short and successful. Build the length of time you leave the dog in the crate from there.

We recommend a good quality rubber toy or hollow bone that can be stuffed with your puppy’s food for use with the crate. Fill it with a yummy soft treat and give it to the puppy when he has to go in the crate.

Check our guide on how long you should leave your puppy in the crate at his given age.

Bathroom Habits

In order to reach the goal of having a bathroom trained puppy you will need to keep an eagle eye on him when he is up and moving around the house. That means 100% management of what your pup is doing all day, every day to ensure no accidents. We can hear a collective sharp intake of breath as you read this! Employing the use of a crate helps you set yourself up for success.

If your pup has an accident in the house, it is your accident, not the puppy’s. To reduce the possibility of accidents, we recommend the use of a crate. Crating a puppy allows you a break from overseeing what your dog is doing. At the same time, it ensures that your pup is safe.

Dogs are inherently clean animals. A mother dog will clean any soiled area of the nest. A responsible breeder will also be sure to keep the whelping area spotless. This ensures that the puppy is accustomed to a clean environment and it will carry over once you begin to crate the puppy. They are used to a clean space and generally speaking are not going to soil in the confined space of their crate.

Crating may or may not be a permanent setup. If you do a great job of crate training your dog will love his crate and you may want to leave one around for him to continue to use. It is a place of comfort and safety. Or once your pup is bathroom trained and has gone through adolescence you may consider not using a crate. Either way, this will depend on the dog and you.

It is valuable to maintain your dog’s comfort level with the crate throughout his life. It’s extremely helpful at the vet, groomer and during travel.