Why Should You Crate Train Your New Puppy?

When you first bring home a puppy, it is important to realize that you have a great deal of responsibility coming up over the next few months and that you will likely be more busy with your new family member than you had anticipated. Even if you’ve already raised a puppy, it is easy to forget how much work goes into bringing a dog into your home for the first time. Sure, they’re adorable when they play, but when they have accidents, chew your belongings, and simply won’t seem to calm down no matter what you do, it can feel almost overwhelming. Crate training is the one single form of training that can make the biggest difference to your ability to live happily with your puppy right from the very start.

There is a long list of benefits associated with crate training, but the following are the top five reasons that most experts will recommend that you crate train your dog, no matter the breed or the age when you bring it home.

  1. Crate training is considered to be among the most effective ways to establish yourself as the alpha, allowing your puppy to form a strong relationship with you, based on respect.
  2. Dogs are animals that would live in a den in the wild. The crate provides the dog with a form of “den” where it can feel safe in its own space when it is feeling anxious, frightened, or when it simply wants to be alone.
  3. Dogs that have been crate trained will typically sleep more comfortably at night, as do their owners. Until you know that your puppy will be safe at night, unsupervised, you can keep it out of trouble while you’re asleep.
  4. Owners of new puppies and mature dogs alike find that if they need to go out for a couple of hours, they can keep their possessions safe by putting the dog in a crate and keeping it out of mischief.
  5. A dog that has been crate trained can be transported much more safely in the car or even on a train or airplane. Long trips will be more comfortable and even short trips – such as those to the veterinarian – are much safer when the dog is calmly secured in its crate.

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