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Crate Training Puppies - Is it a great idea?

May 14, 2008
If you've ever wondered if crate training puppies is a good idea, it is. If you have the right training yourself and some expertise, you can teach your dog or puppy that the crate is a secure place for him or her. However, this requires that you take the correct approach. If you take the wrong one, this can mean disaster for both you and your dog as well.

When it comes to crate training puppies, you need to first understand that the crate is not to be used as a means of punishment. Gently and gradually introduce crate training to your puppy. You should primarily use a crate for potty training purposes, and the potty training process itself should be a truly happy and positive experience, if you want your puppy to view the crate as a positive thing.

Your puppy should have a nice balance between activity time and crate time because dogs require an ample amount of exercise time in order for them to continue to be healthy. This is an essential part of properly crate training your puppy and potty training him or her. Being in the crate for too long or too often can actually have a negative effect on your dog's personality and behavior as a puppy.

If your dog is out of the crate too often, this can allow too much time for the puppy to get into trouble. It might also make your dog feel insecure or overwhelmed. When it comes to crate training puppies, the following tips should make the process a lot easier for you and puppy.

If you are not present to supervise your puppy, you should make sure that your puppy is in his or her crate. This is just the same for if your puppy is actually a grown dog. Unless your dog is quite reliable with every stage of the entire puppy potty training process, you should limit freedom to make sure that there are not accidents.

Make sure your crate size fits your puppy or dog. This may mean that you have to buy larger crates occasionally as your puppy grows. Don't buy a crate that's too large or too small for your dog. It's possible sometimes to find a crate that is adjustable, but these aren't normally enclosed and don't give your dog the same level of security a training crate should provide.

If you don't know how long you should leave your dog in his or her crate at any one time, use your dog's age in months to give you a rough estimate. For example, a one-month-old puppy can be crated for about an hour at a time. A 12-month-old puppy can be crated for much longer periods of time.

Never use your dog's crate to punish him or her. Do not bang on or shake the crate, either. The crate is meant to be a place of safety, and violating it in such a fashion can lead to other behavioral problems as your dog ages.
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Your Dog Training Diva is the author of informative articles on dog training. Click Crate Training Puppies to find more about this subject and other dog behaviors.
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