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Crate Training your new Puppy

The first month of having a new puppy is such an exciting time. It’s among the more enjoyable experiences over the span of owning a dog. However, it’s probably one of the hardest periods of owning a dog. Before puppies know any better they think that tearing up any shoe they can get a paw on is all in good fun and you’re left with a closet full of left-footed shoes. Or maybe they’re just so excited they leave smelly presents in hidden places for you to find.

If you’re familiar with these experiences, you’ve probably decided to look into crate training your new puppy in order to curb these common puppy behavior problems. While this can be a difficult process it is often a great choice for both you and your new canine family member. We are here to walk you through the process of crate training from making the decision to begin and finally having your puppy comfortable spending time in the crate.

Why Choose Crate Training?

Crate training is a common choice many dog owners choose to ease the process of training a puppy. It requires some patience, but there are several benefits for taking the task on that will pay off for you and your puppy. When deploying crate training, you won’t have to worry about your puppy getting into mischief at home. Also, spending time in their crate at an early age will allow them to develop a calm and peaceful response to the crate and they’ll learn to enjoy it. It can even aid in the potty training process.

Selecting the Right Crate

Your first step in this process, after taking puppy home, is to pick the right crate for your dog. The two most common types of crates are made out of wire/mesh material and a hard plastic crate with a mesh metal door. The wire/mesh crate is best for people who want a crate that is easy to assemble and disassemble, and the hard plastic crate can be a good choice for owners who want a sturdier option with more privacy for their puppy. Hard plastic crates work well during car trips.

When choosing your dog’s crate, you should consider both their current and potential size. The crate should be large enough that your pup can stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. You don’t want one that’s too big, however, because the cozy size helps create a safe feeling for your dog as they are natural den animals.

Common Mistakes When Crate Training

Best Practices for Crate Training

If you follow all of these tips and avoid common mistakes people make you’re sure to successfully create a safe place for your puppy to enjoy and save all your shoes in the process. Crate training certainly can be a win-win!

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