Crate Training

– A Safe Haven For Your Puppy

Your lifestyle and schedule may result in your puppy being at home by itself. If this occurs, you need to give your puppy a safe place of its own. Puppies that are comfortable with their crate are more likely to feel secure and far less stressed with traveling.

 shutterstock_26226301Encouraging crate training can eliminate many undesirable behaviors such as:

  • Separation anxiety

  • Unwanted chewing

  • Improper elimination

 

Before placing your puppy in the crate, be sure that he/she has had sufficient play, exercise, attention, and opportunity to eliminate before confinement. Your crate should be large enough for your dog to stand and turn around in. Most larger crates have dividers if needed.

Benefits of Crate Training:

  • Provides a place of security

  • Comfortable retreat to relax, nap, or chew toy

  • Helps reduce risk of over-attachment and separation anxiety

  • Helps with house-training

  • Helps avoid eliminations in their crate (unless left in crate too long)

  • Reduces risk of behavior problems.

How to Crate Train:

Never leave the puppy in the crate for longer than he/she can maintain urinary control. If the puppy must be left for long periods of time, he/she should be confined to a larger area such as a dog-proof room or pen. The crate should only be used as a time for naptime, bedtime, and alone time.

  • An ideal location for the crate is where the family spends the most time (kitchen, den, etc.)

  • Associate the crate with positive and relaxing experiences (treats, food, sleeping, etc.)

  • Do not use the crate for punishment

  • Introduce the crate as soon as you get your puppy home

  • Place treats in the cage throughout the day and leave the cage door open

  • When your puppy begins to settle down for a nap, place your puppy in its cage.

     

  • Before bedtime, properly exercise the puppy and take him/her out for eliminations.

     

  • Feed your puppy it’s regular meal beside the cage, after he/she is comfortable move the bowl inside of their cage. This helps build a positive association with the crate.