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Why Crate Train?
The Crate is a tool. It is a simple, humane way of teaching a puppy or even a young dog.
What Is “Crate Training?”
Using a dog training crate is simply utilizing a GIANT, portable, box-like wire to confine the dog until it's time to go outdoors for a potty break, come out to play or eat a meal. Some where when you briefly go to the store to keep puppy and dog safe from electrical cords.
You can see through the wire enclosures and they offer no privacy for the dog but they do keep her out of trouble. They now make covers which is nice for privacy at night.
Crates are simply little “homes” for your puppy or small mature dog to go into to sleep or take naps where she/he will feel safe and secure. It’s his private little sanctuary. The crate is used for house training and also in emergencies when the family has to get into the car and head for an emergency shelter.
It can also be used when you go to the store and you don’t want the puppy roaming the house unattended. It can house a puppy overnight so you can get some sleep and know your pup is safe.
Why Do Crates Work?
When you provide your dog with a safe, comfortable area, she feels secure and content. Dogs are "den" animals by nature and like to be enclosed or surrounded in a safe environment. How many times has your dog taken a nap UNDER a table and NEXT to a wall or piece of furniture? The crate provides this security, privacy and comfort.
With the puppy safely in the crate, she can snooze or get a drink or chew on a toy to pass the time.
Since it's a dog's nature to avoid soiling her sleeping area, she will learn to "hold" her potty call while in the crate much longer than if she was running around the house. (A step toward potty training) Thus, she is forced to chew on her own toys, not your chair leg, and hold her potty needs until you open the crate door and take her to the back yard. Puppies will not hold it all day. You must take them out every 30 minutes or hour, figure that out. You puppy will tell you. The puppy is not to stay in the crate long.
I have never used a crate for potty training. I always use a playpen. I use crates for safety and if the dogs want to sleep in them they can.
That's why crates work.
Crate Training A Dog — Starting Out
Our Boys and Girls love the crates!!!
How Crate Training Works
Your puppy is in the crate at all times UNLESS she is eating, outdoors with you going potty, or being supervised in some form of indoor play.
You must be consistent or this won’t work. You can’t let your puppy wander off through the house unless you’re focusing your complete attention on her.
If you allow access to the house before she’s thoroughly house trained, you’re basically encouraging her to relieve herself INSIDE — and remember, each time she does this, it’ll be easier for her to do it again and again, in which case you get to start crate training all over!.
Crates are best located where there's traffic in the house: the kitchen or study or any area where people congregate.
Just because she is in a crate does not mean she can’t feel like she is part of the household. In fact, it important for her to hear the sounds of a working kitchen, smell the smells of the household and not feel isolated. She must never be isolated.
The dog’s crate should be a welcoming, inviting place for her to go. Put some thick blankets or towels in the crate along with several toys and a chew toy or two.
Puppy Toilet Facts that will come in handy:
She will eventually learn to paw the door and whine to let you know she has to go out. We love the hanging bells on our door J
NOTE This is likely to be pretty tough for the young puppy to be cooped up for 3 hours with a need to pee - pee pooh - pooh and no way to do it. (That will lead to a bladder infection too)
Unless the puppy is sleeping, the baby should be taken out every hour. (If sleeping, puppy should be left to wake up naturally.)
If you want a puppy to stay in a crate all day it is advisable that you do not get a puppy at this time. Wait until your schedule allows for humane treatment.
If you want to contain a puppy in a safe environment use a play pen.
|This is your playpen also known as an xpen. I buy two and put them together.
|I prefer these type of gates as there is no risk in the puppy getting head stuck, it happens and you can come home to a dead puppy.
|Think about the babies head before you buy.
It is only when they are bigger that they will be safe with this barred type of gate
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