Crate training your puppy is an
essential element in housebreaking. Puppies do not like to soil
their resting or sleeping quarters. A crate can actually be a functional
space for your puppy in many ways. Crate training puppies increases
bladder and bowel control. Additionally, crate training creates a "den"
for your pet, a "safe" place for your puppy when you aren't at home or
when there are strange people in the house.
Top Reasons to Crate
Beyond the utility of
crate training in the house breaking process and the fact that the crate
provides a man-made "den" for the animal, the crate will also insure that
your puppy will be safe when you aren't at home. Puppys get bored and are
apt to go rummaging around the house, increasing their chance of chewing
something on which they can choke or getting into electrical cords. The
crate gives the puppy a home base and gives you better peace of mind
during the times when you have to leave your pet unattended.
Having said that, don't use your crate as a puppy prison. Having a puppy
is a time commitment. You need to be able to be with your puppy more than
you are away from him and to insure that he never stays in his crate for
hours at a time. Especially if you are an apartment dweller, think
carefully about whether or not your lifestyle and available free time will
allow you to make a puppy a part of your life.
When you are home, leave the door of the crate open. You'll be surprised
to discover that there will be times when the puppy goes to his crate on
his own when he wants to hide, to get away from small children, or has a
need to feel safe. Crate training your puppy gives him some choices about
his own environment and a way to cope when he's insecure, wary, or
Since the point of crate training a puppy is not to isolate him from the
family but to give him his own space within the family, choose a wire
crate that will give the puppy a sense of being apart but will also let
him see everything that's going on. Always remember that puppy crate
training is not a punishment. Make sure the crate is large enough for the
animal and give him a nice cushion for his "den."
As an added incentive to crate train puppy, a puppy used to being in a
crate will adapt better to travel. Crate training your puppy will make it
easier for you to take your puppy with you on trips and even, if
necessary, to fly by plane. (Always carefully check out how the airline on
which you plan to fly handles crated animals. For small puppys it's
probably better to buy another seat for the crate.)
We hope these tips help you and your new
puppy enjoy a long healthy life!!