Crate Training

Crate Training

What are the Benefits of Crate Training?

There are tons of different ideas floating around on the internet about how to train your new puppy. It is important to start training early in order to prevent your pup from forming bad habits. One of the gentlest and easiest ways to train your pup is crate training. When I first started training my golden retriever, I was alarmed at the idea of crate training. I imagined that it involved locking my sweet puppy up alone and scared in a box. As I learned more about this method, I came to realize that crate training is actually a gentle way to train a pup and a great way to give him his own space.

Placement

To make sure that crate training is effective, make your puppy’s crate a place he likes to be in. You can do this by making it soft and comfortable with blankets. Hide some treats in the crate, and leave his favorite toys in there. Also you could give him a couple meals in the crate, with the door open. This will make him happy to go into his crate, and see it as his own place to go to relax. If your puppy enjoys being in his crate and knows that it is a special place just for him, he will be less likely to have an accident in it. Just like humans, dogs like to keep their beds clean. Having a crate will likely speed up the process of house training your pup, because he will not want to soil his bed.

Easy & Economic

Crate training is one of the easiest  and most economic ways to train your puppy. You do not need any special training equipment (besides the crate) or complex training plans. You can even rent the crate to save money. Since your puppy will likely be growing a lot in the first couple of months he is with you, renting crates until he is fully grown can be a great way to cut costs. The crate should be large enough for your puppy to turn around and make himself comfortable, but not too large that he can do his business in there. Since crate training is so quick and economic, it is also a great method for training older dogs. With enough repetition, consistency, and comfort, even an older pup will quickly respond to crate training.

Valuable Lessons

Crate training teaches your puppy several valuable lessons. It helps teach him discipline by creating a place where he can not got to the bathroom. It also helps him learn basic commands. If you have a crate phrase or word, your puppy will soon learn it, and eventually be able to go into his crate all by himself. This is also a great way to reduce separation anxiety. If your pup loves going into his crate and feels safe there, he’ll be less anxious to see you leave. In order for this to be successful, try to make your arrivals and departures as low key as possible.

Limit Access

Using a crate overnight or when you are away for a while also limits your puppy’s access to your house. If you’ve owned a puppy before you know they are quite the curious and destructive little explorers. Not limiting your puppies access to your home can result in frustration for you, and danger for your dog. Luckily crate training quickly and effectively mitigates these consequences.

Sum Up

Crate training your pup early on has lots of benefits for both of you, and is a great way to keep both your home and puppy safe and happy. Like any other training technique, crate training will take lots of consistency, patience and repetition from you and your pup.

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