While we understand that Crate training may not sound like a happy thing to do with your puppy when someone first recommends it to you, in reality it can actually be a very happy place for your dog and become a healthy way for you and your pup to settle into a routine together.
In reality Crate Training is very important for any dog for several reasons and here are just the top 6 of them:
Safety and security: A crate provides a safe and secure space for your dog, especially when you can’t supervise them. It prevents them from getting into potentially dangerous situations or chewing on household items that could harm them.
House training: Crates can aid in potty training by teaching dogs to hold their bladder and bowels until they are taken outside. Dogs naturally avoid soiling their sleeping area, so a properly sized crate encourages them to wait until they’re let out.
Preventing destructive behavior: Dogs may engage in destructive behaviors when left alone, such as chewing furniture or belongings out of boredom or anxiety. A crate provides a controlled environment where they can feel calm and secure, reducing the likelihood of destructive behavior.
Teaching boundaries: Crates help establish boundaries within your home by giving your dog their own designated space where they can relax without being disturbed.
Facilitating vet visits, emergencies, and travel: Familiarity with the crate helps reduce stress and anxiety associated with transportation/hospitalization and in case of a necessary evacuation… any time the dog needs to stay in a crate.
Assisting with behavioral issues: For dogs with separation anxiety or other behavioral issues, crates can be used as part of a comprehensive training plan recommended by professionals like trainers or veterinarians.
Remember though, while crate training offers numerous benefits, it should always be done in a positive and humane manner that prioritizes your dog’s comfort and well-being.
Choose the right crate: Select a crate that is large enough for your dog to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. However, it shouldn’t be too big as dogs prefer cozy spaces.
Introduce the crate gradually and positively: Make the crate inviting by placing treats, toys, and bedding inside initially leaving the door open so your dog can explore at their own pace. Then, use treats and chew/toy rewards.
Start with short periods: Begin by closing the door for short intervals while you’re present in the room with them. Gradually increase these periods over time.
Establish a routine: Dogs thrive on consistency, so create a schedule for meals, potty breaks, playtime, and rest in their crate.
Use verbal cues: Teach your dog specific commands like “crate” or “kennel” to associate with going into their crate willingly.
Don’t use it as punishment: The crate should always be seen as a safe haven rather than a place of punishment or isolation.
Be patient and consistent: Crate training takes time and patience; every dog learns at their own pace! Celebrate small victories along the way and remember that consistency is key!
While every dog takes to crate training differently, it is an integral piece of training equipment that can help prevent attachment issues in your puppy and teach independence. For some dogs, the crate becomes their place to settle and relax without feeling the need to be constantly by your side guarding you at all times.
Watch the video below for some more tips and to see Crate Training in action.