If done correctly, crate training a puppy could be a great thing. When you bring a puppy home for the first time, it will feel scared and worried. That is normal, but if your puppy in not potty trained, it could lead to unpleasant results. Puppy training crates provide a good and easy answer to these problems. First thing to know is that Dogs are naturally den animals, which means that they feel safe and calm in a closed space. The den or crate becomes their home and it is a cozy place to rest and hide. As a bonus, dogs tend to avoid soiling their dens. Crate training a puppy also provides you with the option of carrying your puppy from one place to another without a hassle. While it seems a pretty good option, it can easily be misused. Here are some pros and cons to keep in mind when crate training a puppy:
Most people think that crate training a puppy simply translates to leaving the puppy within the crate for long periods of time. Unfortunately, this will leave your pup feeling stressed and frustrated. It is within a dog's innate nature to never wet their own beds, and because your pup will usually become accustomed to sleeping in their new surroundings, letting them be inside without supervision will only force them to defecate in their ‘home’. Remember, keeping a pup within the crate is good, unless you do so for hours at a time. Whenever you get down to crate training a puppy, make sure you supervise throughout. Puppies usually have energy spikes throughout the day; they will be very active for twenty minutes, and then sleep for two hours. You need to make sure that the ‘active’ period occurs on your watch, outside of the crate.
Let's put it out there; training a puppy can be a hectic task to say the least. Also, it’s not for those who are impatient. Training a puppy requires a lot of hard work and effort, not to mention a great deal of patience on your part to continuously supervise the pup for long periods of time. Often times, this frustration can lead to some drastic punishments for the puppy. Hence, if you see the pup misbehaving or doing his business on some part of your flooring, it would not be a wise suggestion to pick him up and lock him in his crate. Pups need to understand what they are doing, and defecating isn’t wrong. If you lock the pup in the crate you are keeping it away from activity. This will confuse your puppy, because you are only just bringing it back to their home. Pups need a lot of activity and have a lot of pent up energy in the early stages of life. Make sure you do not use the crate as a form of punishment; make them feel like it’s their home.
We have said it numerous times, and we'll say it once more: when you go searching for puppy training crates, make sure you buy a comfortable one. Place a cushion at the bottom so the puppy can sleep on it, and depending upon the breed of dog that you own, making sure of the size of the crate is also a very important thing. If you have a Great Dane, buying a small sized crate is not a good idea; your pup will outgrow it sooner than you know. Make sure you buy a spacious crate for your dog, one in which they can easily move around without having to bend their knees or lower their heads.
A lot of people tend to forget these things; make sure you keep these basics in mind when crate training a puppy and the results will be considerably better!