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What you need to know about crate training puppies

 

Crate training your new puppy can be one of the most important steps you take as a pet owner. While some people view crate training puppies unfavorably, when done properly crate training is actually extremely beneficial to both you and your pet.

 

 


Benefits of Crate Training Puppies
• Crate training is essential for housebreaking puppies, since puppies naturally won't want to eliminate inside their "den".


• A crate will provide a safe and comfortable environment for your puppy when you aren't able to constantly watch him or her. Since puppies tend to get into mischief, confining them to a crate will keep them from chewing on your belongings or getting hurt when not being monitored.


• Crates are an excellent way to transport your puppy, and can enable you to take him to the vet, on vacation, or visiting friends and family.

 

 

 

The Dos and Don'ts of Crate Training Puppies
Although crates can be wonderful training tools, their misuse can be traumatizing for your puppy. It is extremely important that you follow the proper crate training procedures to avoid making your puppy frustrated or scared.


Do use your crate to safely confine your puppy when you aren't able to watch them.

Do allow your puppy to go to the washroom every two or three hours.

Do make the crate comfortable for your pet by placing a blanket, pillow or t-shirt inside the crate, and try to include a toy or two.

Do use positive encouragement when introducing your puppy to the crate. Place treats or a favorite toy inside the crate and allow your puppy to enter it willingly.

 

Don't force your puppy inside the crate or use it as punishment. Your puppy's crate should be a safe haven and a pleasant place where your puppy feels secure, not something they fear.

Don't leave your puppy in the crate for extended periods of time. Doing so can cause your puppy to become depressed or anxious.

Don't overload the crate with an abundance of toys or other items that can cause your puppy to feel too crowded.

 

 


Selecting the Right Crate
With all of the different types of crates that are available on the market these days, selecting the right crate for your puppy can seem a bit overwhelming. Follow these tips to ensure that you choose the crate that works best for your situation.


• Plastic crates are an excellent choice if you plan to travel frequently with your puppy. They typically have handles to make moving them easier, and some even offer small travel size food and water dishes. These crates are usually not adjustable, however, so if your pet is still growing, you may need to replace it with a larger crate later.


• Collapsible crates work wonderfully if you need a safe place for your pet while you visit friends and family. They're easy to transport, and are typically more durable than they appear.


• Metal crates are likely the most versatile when it comes to size, but are often more expensive to purchase initially. Since you can block off areas of a metal crate more easily and adjust it as your pet grows, however, metal crates are often worth the investment.


• Select a crate that is just large enough for your puppy to stand up, turn around and lie down in. Anything much bigger can increase the chances that your puppy will soil in the crate, and anything smaller will cause your puppy to be too crowded.


• Check with your local vet or animal shelter for rentals. Renting provides you with the opportunity to exchange your crate as your puppy grows.


If you would like to learn more about crate training puppies or our upcoming litters, contact us today!

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