As many new dog owners have discovered over the years, a cute puppy in the pet store window is a long term investment. From dietary requirements to health checkups, toys to beds, a puppy is a constant expenditure for the length of its lifetime. In addition to the many dog accessories and puppy products needs, cute little puppies can be destructive little things. One of the most effective ways to limit your pup’s desire to chew, chew, chew can be achieved by crate training your little friend.
In fact, crate training has many positive attributes. Young puppies who have been introduced to their crate will often see it as a safe and comfortable place to spend time as they grow older, and the crate can prove an invaluable way to train young puppies to control their bladder. By familiarizing your dog with a crate, you also transporting him down the road will also prove a much easier process.
One of the first steps in introducing your puppy to a new crate is to make the crate an attractive location for the puppy. The crate should hold a towel or a blanket, which will allow the dog to be comfortable. You can also place toys and treats in the dog crate, to encourage your puppy to spend time inside.
Another important factor in the crating process is choosing the right crate for your dog. Several different kinds of crates exist, including the hard plastic kennel, and the wire cage crate. Both have positive and negative attributes, though many prefer the hard plastic kennel crate, as it allows for easier transporting and messes won’t leak out. As the puppy will be spending extended periods of time in his crate, make certain that it is small enough for him not to have excessive amounts of space. If the dog has space in either end of the kennel that is not touching his body, he won’t hesitate to defecate or urinate in his crate.
By using these helpful tips, you’ll be able to curtail unwanted behaviors, while giving your dog a safe place to call home.