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Why Crate Train?

The Crate is a tool. It is a simple, humane way of teaching a puppy or even a young dog.

  • to wait a pre-determined time, within reason, for potty call.
  • to teethe and chew on her own toys.
  • their own safe place to sleep and great if needed during an emergency to transport.
  • that she can be left alone for periods of time without getting into trouble in the house and the fact that she will be left alone at times so no need to be anxious.  A Crate is not to be used for lock a puppy or dog for long periods or punishment. Never leaves pups or dogs in a crate all day and go to work.   If you are working or will be gone for long periods of time, longer than two hours , please, get a playpen.  If you do not understand this, I would advise that you go sleep in the bathroom or stay there all day. I think that you might then :)

What Is “Crate Training?”

Using a dog training crate is simply utilizing a GIANT, portable, box-like  wire  to confine the dog until it's time to go outdoors for a potty break, come out to play or eat a meal. Some where when you briefly go to the store to keep puppy and dog safe from electrical cords.

You can see through the wire enclosures and they offer no privacy for the dog but they do keep her out of trouble. They now make covers which is nice for privacy at night.

These crates are NOT prisons or babysitters as some people view them. 
They are training tools and used for only a short time as "crate training" would suggest. 

Crates should NEVER be used for punishment. 
They are NOT places to put dogs that has misbehaved or mess up the home!

Crates are simply little “homes” for your puppy or small mature dog to go into to sleep or take naps where she/he will feel safe and secure. It’s his private little sanctuary. The crate is used for house training and also in emergencies when the family has to get into the car and head for an emergency shelter.

It can also be used when you go to the store and you don’t want the puppy roaming the house unattended. It can house a puppy overnight so you can get some sleep and know your pup is safe.

Why Do Crates Work?

When you provide your dog with a safe, comfortable area, she will feel secure and content. Dogs are "den" animals by nature and like to be enclosed or surrounded in a safe environment. How many times has your dog taken a nap UNDER a table and NEXT to a wall or piece of furniture? The crate provides this security, privacy and comfort.

With the puppy safely in the crate, she can snooze or get a drink or chew on a toy to pass the time.

Since it's a dog's nature to avoid soiling her sleeping area, she will learn to "hold" her potty call while in the crate much longer than if she was running around the house. (A step toward potty training) Thus, she is forced to chew on her own toys, not your chair leg, and hold her potty needs until you open the crate door and take her to the back yard.  Puppies will not hold it all day.  You must take them out every 30 minutes or hour, figure that out.  You puppy will tell you.  The puppy is not to stay in the crate long.
I have never used a crate for potty training. I always use a playpen. I use crates for safety and if the dogs want to sleep in them they can.

That's why crates work.


Crate Training A Dog — Starting Out

  • There really is not much to starting crate training. The idea is to entice the puppy or dog to go into the crate on his own volition, WITHOUT pushing the dog.
  • Make a comfy bed in the crate with a blanket or some towels and put a couple of toys in with some tempting treats like cheese squares or bits of fresh cooked chicken chunks.
  • This should be enough to entice the dog to enter the crate. Once in, he should find everything to his liking and stay awhile. If not, repeat until he gets used to going in and out.
  • After the dog seems to be comfortable with the crate, let him go in and close the door for a few seconds, then open it. He may come out, or not. I've had dogs go in, lie down and not care what the door was doing. That really makes crate training simple!
  • If the dog does come right out, coax him back in and close the door for a little longer this time. Keep repeating until you can leave the door closed for an hour with no hysterical behavior. (Some dogs take to crates immediately, some take awhile.)
  • Basically, crate training a dog is one of the easiest things you'll be doing.

Our Boys and Girls love the crates!!!

How Crate Training Works

Many people do not agree with this.  They think that it is mean.  I think that you can have your own opinion.   I am just explaining how and why it works.  What crates offer your pup.Your puppy is in the crate at all times UNLESS she is eating, outdoors with you going potty, or being supervised in some form of indoor play.

You must be consistent or this won’t work. You can’t let your puppy wander off through the house unless you’re focusing your complete attention on her.

If you allow access to the house before she’s thoroughly house trained, you’re basically encouraging her to relieve herself INSIDE — and remember, each time she does this, it’ll be easier for her to do it again and again, in which case you get to start crate training all over!.

Crates are best located where there's traffic in the house: the kitchen or study or any area where people congregate.

Just because she is in a crate does not mean she can’t feel like she is part of the household. In fact, it important for her to hear the sounds of a working kitchen, smell the smells of the household and not feel isolated. She must never be isolated.

The dog’s crate should be a welcoming, inviting place for her to go. Put some thick blankets or towels in the crate along with several toys and a chew toy or two.

Puppy Toilet Facts that will come in handy:

  • First, puppy training crate is not to be confused. A crate is a crate, regardless of what you call it.
  • Puppies bladders and bowels are so small and weak that they have only a very small window of opportunity between knowing that they need to go, and that need becoming an immediate reality.
  • Because of this, it is mandatory that you take her outside immediately upon awakening and within 15 minutes of eating and immediately after playing.

She will eventually learn to paw the door and whine to let you know she has to go out.  We love the hanging bells on our door  J 

  • If you see the dog sniffing and circling, she needs to go, NOW!. These signs won’t last long because the pups are small.
  • Her next step is to let loose! So, take her out immediately.
  • The maximum amount of time a puppy can be crated at one time is figured this way: Her age in months + 1 month. So, a 2 month old puppy can be left in the crate for 3 hours maximum.  Playpen are better if leaving for this long.

NOTE This is likely to be pretty tough for the young puppy to be cooped up for 3 hours with a need to pee - pee pooh  - pooh and no way to do it. (That will lead to a bladder infection too)

Unless the puppy is sleeping, the baby should be taken out every hour. (If sleeping, puppy should be left to wake up naturally.)

If you want a puppy to stay in a crate all day it is advisable that you do not get a puppy at this time.  Wait until your schedule allows for you to be home.

I love the playpen. 
If you want to contain a puppy in a safe environment use a play pen.

Here are some choices.

This is your playpen also known as an xpen.  I buy two and put them together.

I prefer these type of gates as there is no risk in the puppy getting head stuck, it happens and you can come home to a dead puppy.  


Think about the babies head before you buy.
It is only when they are bigger that they will be safe with this barred type of gate



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