Crate Training Puppies
Puppy Crate Training Benefits
Many new puppy owners are reluctant to buy a crate for their new friend. They believe that a crate is a cage and they do not want to lock their puppy up. What they do not consider is all the training and other advantages that come with using a crate.
Crate training puppies eliminates many of the problems and dangers that face new puppy owners.
Crate Training Puppies
The Numerous Advantages
If you are planning to get a new puppy you should consider getting a crate at the same time. Crates are a very effective way of training and controlling your animal. They are safe and humane and most dogs really like their crates. If you have never used a crate when training a puppy you should consider the numerous advantages to crate training puppies.
If you start using a crate the moment your puppy comes home chances are he will view this area as his den or his bed. If the puppy starts to whine it is important that you do not go the puppy and let him out of offer comfort. If you do you are rewarding the whining and the puppy will learn that if he cries or whines he will get attention.
Dogs and puppies do not like to soil their beds. Puppies that sleep in crates are less likely to have accidents. As an owner it is very important that you let the puppy out at regular intervals. You do not want him to have an accident in his crate because this may become a habit. You also have to make sure that the crate is not to big for the puppy. If it is he may simply sleep at one end and use the other end as a toilet area. You can easily prevent this by blocking off the back of the crate until the puppy is bigger.
Less damage to the house
If you do have to leave the house to go to work being able to put the animal into his den will prevent anything from being destroyed while you are away. This is a very handy especially when the puppy is teething.
If you do have children in the house it is a important that you let the children know that the crate belongs to the dog. It is not a play area. If you leave the door to the crate open the chances are that when the puppy is tired or feels the need to escape he will take refuge in his crate. A lot of dogs look at his as a safe area.
A crate is also very handy when you have guests in the home who do not like dogs. You can easily crate the dog and be certain that he is safe and quiet while you entertain your company.
Selecting a Crate
If you do decide that you want to use a crate with your puppy you should try to get the crate prior to the dog's arrival. You want the dog to learn as soon as he gets home that this is his sleeping area. Selecting an appropriate crate is very important.
When selecting a crate you should consider a how big is your dog going to be. You need to get a crate that is big enough for your animal. He should be able to stand up and easily turn around. Many owners like to buy a crate that will be big enough to accommodate their dog when he is full grown. If you are planning to do this consider dividing the crate into two. If you do not do this your puppy may simply start using one end of the crate as a bathroom.
Some owners like to use a travel carrier as the dog's crate. This is fine and will serve the exact same purpose as a fold up crate. It will also save you having the added expense of purchasing both. Some dogs prefer these because they offer even more security than an open wire crate.
If you get a folding crate you might want to cover at least a portion of the crate with an old blanket to create a more closed and secure area. It also helps the animal to settle down, because he has less outside distractions.
You can build your own crate if you are handy. There are numerous sites and plans available on the internet which can give you step by step building instructions. What is very important if you do decide to build a crate is that you make sure there is nothing sticking out or any rough surfaces that could possibly injure the puppy. You also need to take care that you have a secure locking devise on the door of the crate. Many dogs are veritable Houdinis at getting out of crates.
Which ever crate you do choose be sure that you put the crate in a quiet place. It is very hard for a puppy to settle down and rest if he is in a high traffic area.