Crate training puppies is something that every dog owner must learn in order to keep their house relatively clean and fresh. By a dog’s natural instinct, they won’t soil their sleeping quarters, or where they eat. Giving your new puppy a “safe haven” that is clean and comfortable, with a warm blanket or dog bed, a bowl of water, and a chew toy will improve it’s psyche and self-esteem. A crate or cage that’s big enough to stand and pace back and forth will provide this safe haven in a setting that is portable, so that whether its in a different room, car, hotel room, or friends house, your puppy will always have a familiar place to call it’s own.
The primary goal of crate training goes hand-in-hand with house-breaking your new puppy. Taking a few minutes to learn about crate training puppies will greatly expedite both ventures and improve chances of success. Instead of trying to teach your puppy not to relieve itself anywhere in the house, you can narrow it down to it’s own living space, where natural instinct will help to prevent this from happening. Once the puppy understands the concept of keeping it’s own house clean, the concept can then be applied to your house as well. Crate training puppies has many other uses as well, but remember to never use the crate as punishment or a “time-out”. This trains him or her to associate negative feelings with the dog crate, which does not work well when trying to introduce the crate as a home.
When traveling your puppy, having a safe crate is extremely convenient. Having a crate that’s not too big, strapped down securely near the back of the car or SUV, is much better than allowing the dog to move freely around the entire vehicle. Keeping the dog crated while driving also provides peace-of-mind for both dog and driver. The dog is able to stay inside his mobile home while being taken through unfamiliar territory, and you can relax knowing the dog is safe inside the cage. Lastly, sticking to the dog crate while driving will help to encourage your puppy to “hold it” as it will be confined to its sleeping quarters for the trip. If you’re traveling more than a few hours, be sure to make a few stops to allow him or her to relieve itself.
What are the best dog crates to buy? When buying a new dog crate for your home, the most important thing to do is to make sure the dog crate is big enough. The dog should be able to stand up and walk in a circle. Before your new best friend is fully grown, you may want to use a divider to prevent it from using half or part of the cage. This can reduce the likelihood of the pup using one side of the area for sleeping, and the other side of it as a bathroom. If this begins to happen, use a safe divider to ensure your crate training goes smoothly. Be certain the crate is durable and strong enough to avoid the sharp edges caused by cage damage. A washable bottom-tray is handy too, as you want the crate to be as clean and comfortable as possible.
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