The Benefits of Crate Training Your Pup

This might come as a surprise to some, but most veterinarians, behaviorists, and trainers would agree that crate training is a great tool for both dogs and their owners. While crates sometimes get a bad rep, there are actually so many great benefits to having a crate-trained pup. Read below for a few of the top benefits.


1.Crate training helps with potty training.

Crates are an essential part of successful housebreaking for puppies because they are unlikely to (continually) go potty in their sleeping area. Crates also help them get on a potty schedule as they learn to hold their bladder for longer amounts of time.


2. Crates can help dogs feel safe and comfortable.

When owners promote crates as safe, den-like spaces, dogs feel comfortable and can retreat to them during anxiety-inducing situations. It is important to remember that crates should not be used to punish dogs. If they are forced to go in their crate following bad behavior, they are much less likely to see it as a safe place.


3. Crates keep pups – especially young puppies – out of trouble.

Keeping dogs in a safe, contained space when they’re unsupervised will greatly reduce unwanted chewing and other naughty behavior. This is a big bonus for humans too! If Fido’s safe in their crate while you’re away, you’re less likely to come home to a chewed up couch 🙂


4. Crates are great for dogs of all ages.

Aside from their utility with puppies, crates can help with travel and injury recovery too. If your pup feels comfortable and safe in their crate, you’ll find it easier to keep them contained during travel or if they get injured and need to be on bed rest for a set amount of time. Also, many doggie daycares and boarding facilities use crates during downtime so why not get your pup comfortable with them early on?!


Thinking of crate training your pup? Keep these helpful tips in mind:

  • Make sure your pup’s crate is large enough for them to stand up and turn around. This will keep them comfortable and safe.
  • Wire or plastic crates are generally best for daily use. The soft-sided fabric ones are great for travel, but are much easier for destructive pups to get out of.
  • Make the crate feel safe and comfortable. Some people put a plush dog bed at the bottom or cover it with a blanket to make it feel more den-like. It also helps to give meals and/or treats in the crate so it feels like a desirable place to be.
  • Don’t use the crate for punishment or time out. It’s perfectly fine to have your pup take a break and rest in their crate, but do not send them there when they have done something naughty. By using it as a tool for punishment, you’ll create a negative connection that will work against your efforts.

As always, we recommend you consult with your veterinarian and/or dog behaviorist to figure out the best crate and training plan for your fur ball. Good luck with your crate training efforts; we promise, you won’t be disappointed! 🙂



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