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Puppy Crate Training. Useful Or Cruel?

May 13, 2008
A lot of individuals believe that it is cruel to have your dog in a dog crate. They may equate this to such things as zoos and cages. But there are positive and valuable lessons that a new puppy can learn with proper dog crate training. One good thing that crate training can do is to keep the puppy from chewing household items such as electric cords, shoes and other items in the household. A Puppy or dog has a natural instinct to chew, and chew they will if left unsupervised. This is but one reason why dog crate training can be useful.

Dogs will naturally seek out a secure place to sleep, or den. Domestic dogs naturally create their own safe area. You will observe that dogs sleep in areas such as underneath the table or near furniture when there is no other place provided for them to sleep. In this manner, dog crate training is not a cruel thing at all. After a short time they will become quite accustomed to it and regard it as their own place, and a place where they can feel secure.

A puppy will almost always cry and whine at first when placed in a crate. Try not to give into the temptation to let him out when he does. The puppy will not mess in his own area; this is another useful reason to keep your puppy in a crate. If you feed him in the crate and let him sleep there he will gradually become accustomed to it. Just be sure to take him outside right away after feeding or when he just wakes up to relieve himself. This is how he will learn that outside is the place to perform that function. Also, if you don't want him to get used to staying on your bed, couch or any furniture in your house then crate training just reinforces in his mind that the crate is his house, and no one else's. It is his place to sleep.

Breeders have always crate trained puppies. This makes it easier for you when you bring your new puppy home as they are already used to sleeping in a crate and not crying continuously causing aggravation for you or your family. What you need to do is buy a large enough crate that your puppy can easily stand up and move around in and make him get used to his new sleeping area. It is useful if you can get the breeder to give you a piece of the bedding that he used for the puppy which has the smells of him or his littermates on it. You can put this along with the pads in his new crate and it will make the puppy feel that he is still at home.

There is nothing wrong with crate training a puppy and it is not cruel at all. When you decide to bring that new puppy home from the breeder or pound, you must be able to provide the puppy with a crate that is available and ready for the puppy to use and sleep in. You can place a small treat in the crate to encourage and reward him for sleeping in there. Leave the door open once in a while so he can come and go as he pleases. He will then view it as less of a prison and more of a doghouse.
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