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To Crate Train or Not? Discover the Answer to This Question!

Author: Cathi Tower  Date: 2015-07-23

To Crate Train or Not? Discover the Answer to This Question!

One question that people need to answer when they first bring home a new puppy is whether they should crate train the dog. The idea of placing a dog in a crate even a brief amount of time is repugnant to some people, while others understand how beneficial the crate training can be for dog owners and their new puppies. Pet grooming techniques, proper feeding methods, crate-training procedures, and other care instructions are top concerns for pet owners.

If you are home all day with your puppy, and have a special area to keep him in to prevent accidents from happening, maybe crate training is not for you. Remember that you will need to keep a close eye on your dog all throughout the day and night to ensure he does not urinate or defecate on the carpet or other flooring in your house.

Crate training, on the other hand, may be ideal for a hectic lifestyle to control the habits of your new puppy when you cannot be in the room. You must purchase the right size crate and train the puppy in the correct manner, though, for this to be a happy experience for your dog. The size of the crate needs to be large enough for the puppy to stand up and move around in without bumping into the sides or the top.

Puppies will typically not urinate or defecate where they sleep, so this is the purpose of crate training. Place blankets and toys in the crate to make it a warm and inviting place for your puppy. In addition, you feed, water and walk the dog before you place him inside the crate. Then, you repeat these actions right when you take the puppy out of the crate. Never leave the dog in the crate any longer than necessary without providing the dog a break from it. Also, never use the crate as punishment, as it should be your dog's private haven!

Use this information to decide whether to crate train your puppy. It can be a kind answer for a difficult training time during your dog's life. With the right training, feeding, care, and pet grooming methods, your dog will grow up to be healthy and happy.


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