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Puppy Crate Training

Puppy crate training may be done by some pet owners for several different reasons. Dogs prefer a den, and a crate can satisfy this instinct for your puppy.

Puppy Crate Training

Puppy Crate Training

A crate can also reduce or eliminate problem behavior like chewing on items that are not allowed while you are gone, eliminating in the house, and creating any mischief.

A crate can protect a puppy by keeping it away from hazards like electrical wires and household cleaners.

If you travel and plan to take your pet along, the crate can also become a travel home during these trips.

Most puppies enjoy their crate after they have been crate trained, and may prefer it to open areas to sleep or rest in.

A crate should never be used to punish your puppy, either during puppy crate training or afterwards.

Your puppy should view the crate as a home or sanctuary and should never view it as a bad place.

The crate should have toys and treats in it to amuse your puppy while they are in it.

All toys and treats should be large enough so that your puppy will not choke on them and they do not pose any threat.

Water and bedding should also be included in the crate for your puppy.

This will make puppy crate training easier by making the crate a comfortable place that your puppy enjoys being in.

If a water bowl is not an option because of spills, then a water bottle like those used for rabbits and guinea pigs can be used to ensure water is available for your puppy.

Bedding should be a soft towel or blanket which will make the floor of the crate soft and inviting.

At first there may be accidents on the bedding, and if this happens just remove the bedding and wait until the puppy has better control before replacing the bedding.

Crate training can be very beneficial for you and your puppy. You get to keep a house free from destructive behavior and accidents, and your puppy gets a place that offers safety and security as well as a homey environment that is comfortable.

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