How To Crate Train Your Puppy

According to ASCPA, there are roughly 30,000 puppies born each and every day in the United States. This startling statistic makes it even more important for pet owners to properly train their animals to keep them safe and healthy in their homes.

If you've ever raised a puppy, then you know that they can be curious creatures. Stairways, new carpets and any open door are a recipe for disaster for most pups. This, combined with the dangers of traveling, is enough reason for many dog owners to invest in crates for training.

Years ago, when canines still ran wild in packs, it was a part of their natural instinct to find shelter and safety within the confines of a den. Because of this, it's important that you provide the same type of refuge and comfort for your pup. However, there are some things to keep in mind before placing them in a crate.

Important Points To Remember When Crate Training

Your puppy may seem fragile and flimsy, but keeping them sheltered for too long can be a serious mistake. Crate Training a puppy is a great way to start your dog with housetraining, getting them familiar with a schedule and providing them with a "home" of their own, but there is such a thing as overdoing it.

  • Time: No dog should ever be kept in a crate longer than nine hours at a given time (the length of the average workday). However, puppies need to be crated much less than that. As a rule of thumb, many trainers believe that one hour per month of age should be respected. So, if you have a six-month old puppy, try to keep it's crate time limited to less than six hours each day.

  • Exercise: Some animal activists have been vocal in their opposition of dog crates. According to them, the spaces are too confined and dogs don't get the proper amount of physical stimulation when they're hanging out inside the crate. However, if you exercise your dog for at least an hour before and after each time you put it in the crate, there will never be an issue of neglecting your pup's exercise routine.

  • Choosing The Right Crate: If you're looking for something that your dog can grow into, then you need to be careful when doing your shopping. A dog crate that is too large will encourage poor bathroom habits, and one that is the right size for a puppy will be quickly outgrown. When you are looking for a puppy crate, be sure to choose one with a divider panel that can be adjusted to the size of your pooch's space.

What Crate Is The Right Pick?

Regardless of which brand you choose, it's important that you place your crate in a popular area of the home where your dog will still feel like they're part of the family. Living rooms and kitchens are perfect places to put your pup's crate. By associating your dog's crate as a den rather than a punishment, you can rest assured that they will be properly trained until their golden years.

Below are some popular options that pet owners have been choosing for the puppies in the United States:

  • LifeStages Ace MaxLock: Dogs are clever creatures, if you plan on investing in a dog crate that will be used for years then you want to buy one that has a secure locking door system. This safe and cozy model comes with a MAXLock door system that has multiple locking points around the perimeter of the door.

  • iCrate: Not every dog crate can support a divider; luckily this one was made for it. MidWest Pet Supplies offers this portable dog crate in several different sizes and it comes with a specially designed divider panel that was made to fit this crate specifically. With this panel you can limit or add space to your dog's pen while you focus on housetraining. This is perfect for puppies.

Crates are the best way to start properly training your dog. If you start instilling proper techniques at an early age, you will be surprised at how well your dog will behave when it matures. As we mentioned, take some time to choose the right gate and pick the right schedule for your dog and it you'll make everyone in the household happy.

If you're still unsure about which Dog Crate is right for your puppy, be sure to ask the pet experts at by calling 800-957-5753. The animal lovers are more than happy to answer any questions about any of the pet products that we carry in our catalogue.

By Sean Bowes
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