Start crate training your puppy! Let’s go over 3 tips to start teaching your dog how to use their crate. The crate has many different purposes and you can train your puppy to use it for many different reasons. Crate training means getting your dog comfortable in making use of their crate to its full potential. And that means having your dog stay in there without freaking out. 

To Crate or Not To Crate

A lot have opted out not to crate train their dog for many reasons. Whether their puppies never liked it or have reacted to the crate training. And so they stop using the crate or just never thought to pursue crate training their dog.

Think about this: what is your lifestyle like? Will there scenarios wherein you would have to send your dog to a boarding dog house? To doggy day care? Or maybe even during emergencies and your dog needs to stay overnight at the vet’s? All these situations would require your dog to be in a crate. 

 

Tip #1: Use the appropriate crate size!

Most people make the mistake of buying or getting a big crate because they either feel bad about confining their dog in such a small space or assume they will grow into it. 

Get a crate that’s enough for your dog to sit, lie down, and turn around in. Anything bigger than that, they will use the crate to go to the bathroom in. 

The best types of crates are those that can grow with your dog. There are crates that have adjustable dividers inside that allows you divide the crate depending on the size of your dog. 

Mesh crates are not ideal because dogs can chew or dig through them which may allow them to escape. And if you have a little puppy who’s got lots of energy, they could flip or tip the crate over while they’re inside. So make sure your crate is sturdy enough that your dog won’t be able to chew themselves out or flip over!

 

Tip #2: Pick the right spot for the crate

Putting the crate in the middle of the living room is like having your bedroom in the middle of New York City. There’s going to be so much going on around your dog! 

If you want to use your crate for your dog to settle down, relax or sleep in, you want it to be located in a calm environment– especially if you’re dealing with puppies or dogs who are easily stimulated.

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