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Crate Train Your Puppy

For those who love their dogs, and don’t we all, our hearts break every time we crate our dogs. But take heart. Dog don’t have the same reaction to the crate as humans.

A crate can provide a safe, controlled environment for the pet who learns to sit quiet and calm when they get too excited. It’s like a time-out corner for your dog.

You may not want to introduce your puppy to the crate the day that you bring him home. The best time to crate train a dog, however, is while he’s young. Even if you would rather your new puppy sleep with you, make a crate part of his routine for some portion of the day from the beginning. Try crating the dog while you do some local shopping, knowing that you will return soon. Give him a chew toy to keep him comfortable. This training will teach the dog to not relieve himself in the house, as dogs tend to not defecate where they sleep. It will also protect him from putting dangerous items him his mouth. This will save the puppy from dental issues, and from important cords.

Some dogs do better if crated. Some breeds that are known to be hyper are proven to be calmer in old age if they were crated as a puppy. For pets with anxiety, a crate can create a safe environment.

When implemented correctly, a crate can create the puppy’s own space. It can become their quiet retreat when there is too much going on in the house or when they are just plain tuckered out. Although many specialist warn against using the crate as a reaction to bad behavior, but dogs learn that when they are over-agitated they may be sent to the crate to calm down.

Even if you have an outdoor dog that doesn’t act as the watchdog of the house, crate-training can still have its advantages. If your pet becomes ill, requires grooming, or needs to be boarded, he may need to stay in a crate at the vet’s office, grooming facility or kennel. If he is already comfortable with spending some time in a crate, then those experiences will be less traumatic for him.

Remember to not cramp your puppy in the crate. Crates come in several varieties including folding or stationery metal for the house or garage; plastic when traveling with your pet, soft-sided crates to cushion the hurt or injured animal, and there are also crates made to look like furniture. Be sure to select one that will provide adequate ventilation and light for your pet’s comfort.


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