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Puppy Crate Training
The Crate as a Safe Haven for your Puppy
The Crate as a Safety Haven for a Puppy
This is not to be confused with the above, as this is for the puppy, and using the crate as a Safety Haven is keeping external dangers from the puppy. For example, children should not be allowed to bother the puppy while in the crate, which includes any unsupervised handling or agitating when it's very important that the puppy get a peaceful, uninterrupted rest.
The Crate as a Practical Tool in a Puppy's Life
The Crate as a Training Tool for Puppies
The crate is also a wonderful training tool, on many levels, one of the most helpful and popular is for toilet training puppies.
Most puppies will not soil where they sleep, and provided that the puppy has been taken outside prior to any reasonable amount of time spent in the crate, they may be left unsupervised without interfering with the puppy toilet training regime. In addition, it is much clearer for a puppy undergoing toilet training to make the association of going outside to eliminate immediately following release from the crate.
Proper crate training also may prevent separation anxiety when used properly in teaching a puppy that when you leave you always come back. In general, a puppy learns to settle and occupy themselves without constant human intervention, which become increasingly more important as the dog grows and likely become more demanding for attention unless taught to behave otherwise.
For many crate-dog owners, crates are permanent fixtures in the home, and for just as many, a dog is either weaned from the crate by design or by their own choosing. If it is no longer needed because the owner has successfully raised a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog who prefers existing elsewhere in and around or out of the house, or if the crate is just taking up too much space and you need to gradually phase it out of the home, it does serve many purposes for the new puppy owner.
Try not to think of it as a prison for a puppy, and certainly don't use it with this purpose in mind. When used properly, you will find that a puppy chooses to go into their crate without prompting. Not to mention that the command, "go to your bed" is a very powerful tool in later obedience training and behaviour management Crates are good things, and just like purchasing a crib for a baby they should be a seriously considered piece of furniture if the new arrival to the home is a puppy.