Getting a new puppy is a fun experience but it sure is a lot of work. If you are thinking about getting a new puppy this is a great time to start reading up on ways to make sure this experience is a happy one. Without the right information adding a new puppy into your normal routine can create an unsafe environment for everyone including the new pup. Crate training a puppy is a very important task that requires a lot of patience and hard work.
Some new pet owners turn their noses up at crate training their pets. They think of it as a jail for the dog and not as his safe haven as it will become with the proper time and effort. Your pets crate is an essential tool when housebreaking them and in some cases for safer travel.
You can purchase a crate at a fairly reasonable price here. When purchasing a crate for your pet keep in mind the size your puppy is and what size they will be as they get older.
A general rule for sizing your pets crate is you want them to have enough room to stand and turn around in but not much more excess until they are potty trained. This will deter them from urinating in their crate and instill the idea that the crate is a place for sleep not anything else.
If you want to purchase one crate and use it throughout your pets life as they grow you can purchase a divider to place in the crate that will only allow them as much space as they need. Once your pet is housebroken and there is no risk of mess in the kennel you can remove the divider and allow them to have the full run of space.
When placing your pet in their crate use the same word or phrase so they recognize it and over time the command you have chosen will allow them to know it is time for bed. This really will become a routine for your pet and overtime they will go into their crate on their own without force or commands. It becomes their space and a comfort zone for while you are away or for long car rides.
Crate training is beneficial to you and your pet and keeps your pet away from danger while you are away or sleeping. Some tips to keep in mind for a successful crate training experience for you and your pet are:
- Never use the crate as a punishment of any kind.
- Do not keep your pet in their crate all day and night, it is essential for your pet to get plenty of exercise and interaction during the day. Keeping them in their crate overnight or while at work, is a sufficient amount of time to be crated.
- Go slowly with your pet, it will take time for you and him to get use to the process
- If leaving your pet for an extended period of time be sure to have water available
After your pet is house trained yo may decide you no longer need the crate but your pet may voluntarily enter his crate at night because after all this is his safe place.