- Crate training is not only a helpful tool for potty training puppies, it also prevents property damage, keeps the dog safe, and provides them with their own personal space.
- There are 5 important steps in the crate training process. Take it slow. Don’t move to the next stage until they are fully comfortable at their current level.
- It is the owners responsibility to crate train as humanely as possible. Never use a crate as punishment, force a dog into their crate, or leave them crated for extended periods of time.
Becoming a pet owner is a big and exciting decision that comes with a lot of responsibility. No matter how old the puppy is, size, gender, or breed — proper training is key. While not everyone decides to crate train their puppy, it’s a great tool for pet owners to use to keep their dog safe and out of trouble, while also providing a quiet personal space for their pet.
Dogs are den animals which means they like to have their own enclosed space to rest, take a nap, or even hide, explains PetMD. It’s part of their natural instinct to seek out a den-like area that is all their own. This isn’t to say crate training is easy peasy. It takes a lot of work, but the results can be wonderful for both owners and their pets. For those who are interested, here’s a guide with everything to know about crate training your puppy…
Benefits of Crate Training
According to VCA Canada, “contentment during confinement is an important life skill for puppies and dogs.” One of the biggest benefits is that it keeps our animal safe when they are left unsupervised. A puppy that is left to roam the house will not only likely cause property damage and have potty training mishaps, it could also be harmful to the dog. They could eat dangerous items around the house or escape from the property.
They are a great tool for keeping dogs separate from visiting guests or workers to the home. It provides the puppy with a safe place to sleep undisturbed, whether that is at night or if they’d like some quiet time during the day. Most veterinarians, groomers, boarders or vacation camps use them so it’s beneficial for a dog to already be used to them. If you plan on traveling they’ll need to be accustomed to a crate. Crates are also a very useful tool when it comes to potty training a puppy.