A puppy sleeps in a wire dog crate

Crate Training

What is crate training, and why is it important?

Dogs, if allowed to go feral, tend to be animals that prefer dens.  A dark, enclosed space makes them feel secure while sleeping.  We can use that preference to our advantage when training young puppies, and build in a desire to locate their den in a lock-able crate (or kennel).

Why should I crate train my puppy?

Young puppies do not have impulse control and cannot be trusted to make good choices about items for chewing on.  Additionally, the denning instinct leads puppies to look for places to pee and poop that are away from where they eat and sleep for hygienic reasons; by using a kennel we can help speed up the housebreaking process.

How do I crate train my puppy?

The easiest method is to use the crate as the place that your puppy sleeps and eats, and give him treats every time he chooses to go in on his own.

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