Crates are “Comfy Caves” to your puppy, NOT the “Evil Cages” that they can be portrayed as. When crate training is done properly, there are tons of benefits it can provide for both dog and owner.
While crate training may not work on the kids, here’s why you and your puppy will come to love these comfy caves.
#1 Dogs Are Den Animals, They Like Closed Spaces
Sleeping out in the open can be an anxious experience for dogs. In the wild, all sorts of predators and threats can sneak up on an unsuspecting puppy (and people) if they sleep unprotected.
Because of this natural fear, dogs prefer to rest in areas where they can sleep and be shielded on all three sides. Your puppy’s crate will provide that protection, and let them rest easy at night.
#2 Your Puppy Will See The Crate As A Safe Place
If you make the crate a comfortable and safe place for your puppy, they will see it as their personal space. Line the crate with a soft blanket, place their favorite chew toy inside, and leave it open during the day to encourage them to rest inside it.
Here are a few other ways you can make your puppy’s “cave” safe and comfy:
After all these positive experiences, the crate will become your puppy’s haven, not their cage.
#3 It Prepares Them For Mandatory Crate Times
Crate training can be helpful later in your puppy’s life when crate time is mandatory. Common situations that require crating include:
- Car rides
- Vet visits
- Plane trips
- Treatment recovery
If your dog isn’t used to their crate, then these experiences can unnecessarily become traumatic ordeals. Making the crate a safe space means your dog will remain calm in stressful situations.
For example, we had a customer that was relocating to Australia. Unfortunately, these two over 100lb. Pyranese had never been crate trained. A flight is dangerous enough for any dog, much less an untrained one that has to spend 17+ hours in a crate that they HATE. Can you see the potential for disaster percolating?
Fortunately, disaster was averted! Whew! We were able to get these dogs trained and ready to go before their flight. However, you can avoid any hassle of last-minute preparation if you’ve crate-trained your dog from puppyhood (Hint: We can help with that too).
#4 Crates Can Keep Your Puppy Out Of Harm’s Way
If you need your dog to settle down and stay out of the way for awhile, you can use their crate. Throw a puzzle toy or place their dinner inside and let them relax. You might want to consider crate time if you have:
- Cleaning service sessions
- Exterminator visits
- Parties with numerous guests
If your dog is crate trained, they’ll just lay down and sleep until the situation is over.
An untrained dog might wail, bark, and whine to be let out. Or, if you lock them in a room, they might destroy furniture or soil the floor. Crates allow your dog to be alone and remain comfortable.
#5 Crating Your Puppy Is A Useful Tool For Training
A crate is a vital tool for housetraining a new puppy. You can manage their potty breaks easily by putting them in their crate. It also encourages them to ask you for permission to go because they don’t want to soil their sleeping space.
Our Pup Academy classes teach crate training as part of the basic skill set for puppies. Not only is it useful for housetraining, but it can restrict them to safe areas while they’re learning the rules of the house.
At DogBoy’s we firmly believe that crates are an effective and positive method of training and caring for your dog. If you have any questions about how to use crates or how to sign your puppy up for some classes, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
New Puppy by Omar De Armas
Crated Dog by Taro, the Shiba Inu
Smiling Dog by Rennett Stowe