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, much like a den in nature, that he can call his own and where he can feel safe.
- It safeguards your home from puppy destruction.
- The use of a crate provides your pup with structure in his day-to-day life.
- It provides you with the ability to control your dog.
- 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.
- Most dogs will have to be in a crate at some point in their lives; at the vet, at the groomers, when boarding, etc. If your dog is already accustomed to being in a crate, this can reduce stress.
Properly introduce the crate immediately 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, like cheese 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.
In order to reach the objective of having a house trained dog when it becomes full-grown (or sooner), you need to have complete control of your puppy’s time. That means 100% management of what your pup is doing 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We can hear a collective sharp intake of breath as you read this! Employing the use of a crate will ensure that you do not lose your mind and it will give you a realistic approach to achieving this level of control with your puppy.
If your pup has an accident in the house, it is your accident, not the puppy’s. To reduce the possibility of accidents, we strongly 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 litter area spotless. This ensures that the puppy is accustomed to a clean environment and will carry over once you begin to crate the puppy. They are used to a clean space and they are naturally not going to soil in the confined space of their crate.
Crating is not a permanent setup. Once the dog shows he is capable of going to the bathroom reliably outside the house and he can be trusted to roam inside when you are absent or concentrating on something else, the crate is optional. When your dog is ready will depend on you, the dog’s breed, and how fast he matures.
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.