When meeting a client who just welcomed a new four legged addition to their family, I like to talk about why crate training a puppy is a good idea.
Some, okay more than some, are instantly put off by the thought of “locking their puppy in a cage.” It’s a shame there are so many misconceptions about crate training, which I hope to dispel here.
Why crate training is a great idea
Letting your puppy have free reign of your house as soon as you bring him home, can be too overwhelming for such a small creature. A crate will limit access in the beginning.
Dogs are den animals, and are quite happy when in a small space. It brings them comfort and makes them feel safe.
House training tool
They instinctively avoid soiling their den, that’s why a crate is a great house training tool, teaching them bowel and bladder control.
A place of his own
When taught properly, a crate can be a favorite place where you dog goes to rest – a place of his own.
When you can’t watch him
It’s not easy, or realistic, to keep a constant eye on your puppy, so that gives him lots of opportunity to get into trouble – chewing on electrical cords, eating something poisonous, and countless other chances for mischief. Keeping him crated for a short time is safest.
For dogs with a fear of thunder, fireworks or loud noises, a crate can be a sanctuary.
Keeping your dog in a crate while in a car keeps everyone safe. A dog running loose is an accident waiting to happen.
When flying they’ll have to be in some sort of crate, so getting them used to it early on, means less stress when it’s time to travel.
Whether you’re staying in a hotel, or with friends or family, bringing along your puppy’s crate will make him feel safe in strange environments. It will also give him a place of his own, when the hustle and bustle gets to be too much.
Hopefully this won’t happen, but your dog may need surgery at some point, or will be recovering from an illness or injury. He will need a quiet place to recuperate, and the crate will keep him still, quiet and safe. Getting him used to one early on, will make that so much easier.
Crate training a puppy – conclusion
I hope this article has helped shed some light on why crate training a puppy is a great idea, and all the benefits it offers.
Hindy Pearson is a dog trainer, behavior consultant and long time shelter volunteer. She has a website called Caring For a Senior Dog, and believes the best invention is the pet stroller.