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Here's Why Reluctance to Crate Training May Be Detrimental

Hesitant to start crate training your puppy? Don’t be! Many animal experts believe crate training is a highly effective training technique and tool that will set your dog up for long-term success.

Failing to crate train can cause more work for the dog owner in the long run, potentially leading to various behavioral issues with dogs. Let’s jump into why crate training can be the best thing for your dog and your family. 

The Importance of Crate Training a Puppy

Having a safe place to go when they are tired or need comfort has many benefits for your dog. It builds confidence, encourages good behavior, and is an effective way to potty train

Other benefits of the crate for puppies and dogs include:

  • Offers a space for hyper dogs to calm down and relax
  • Creates a safe space when the home is chaotic
  • Provides a sanctuary when new people come over, during gatherings, and more

How to Crate Train a Puppy

As you can see, there are many scenarios and circumstances in which your dog can benefit from having a crate to retreat to when they need it most. However, crate-training puppies can be quite a challenge

It’s important to look at crate training as an adventure—try to make it fun and rewarding, and be sure to check your patience if you feel frustrated with your puppy. Remember that he or she is just a baby still learning and needs unfaltering guidance and support

General Tips on Crate Training Puppies

  • Add crate time as part of your puppy’s daily routine so they come to expect it.
  • Make sure your puppy is getting plenty of time outdoors, going on walks, and exploring so they are tired and calm when it’s crate time.
  • Come armed with healthy treats that you can reward your dog with when they do as you ask.
  • Build positive associations with the crate, like eating their meals nearby or having a crate-specific chew toy.
  • Choose a crate that will grow with your puppy but block off the extra space so they don’t think the crate is for going to the bathroom.

Navigate Puppy Parenthood with Get Joy

Raising puppies has many joys, but we can’t deny the challenges along the way. Get Joy offers virtual vet services where you can schedule a chat with an expert and get information about crate training and other puppy tips and tricks. 

Visit the puppy section of our blog for tons of information, recommendations, and support as you navigate this exciting time in your life.