Puppies are little forces of nature…chewing wires and knocking trash cans over just so they can shred the tissue paper inside of it. At some point, you have to leave the house, and you’ll be faced with the thought of leaving them alone in a room. For those of us who don’t want their shoes chewed up, choosing to crate train your puppy while you’re away seems to be a reasonable option.
If you’re like me, the first time you hear your puppy whimper in their crate an overwhelming guilt will come over you. We know – it’s the hardest part about crate training. To put it all into perspective here are a few reasons you shouldn’t feel bad about crate training your puppy.
Your Puppy Will Be Safer When Crated
A crate creates a safe space for your dog. Puppies who are teething are in danger of eating anything lying around.
Ingesting a piece of clothing, trash, or swallowing a piece of their toy can be life threatening. Crating your puppy will help prevent them from swallowing what they’re not supposed to. Plus it curbs their ability to chew up your valuables.
Crating Helps Potty Train Your Puppy
Your puppy will instinctually not want to go to the bathroom where they sleep. A confined space helps prevent them from using the bathroom.
Crates are a much-needed tool for those moments where you need to turn your back on your puppy. Being able to crate your puppy for a short duration while you make dinner or get ready in the morning teaches them discipline and saves your carpet.
If You Plan on Traveling, Chances Are You’ll Need a Crate
Crate training your puppy will be especially helpful if you plan on traveling with your dog. If your pup isn’t use to the crate, those road trips will be painful for you and your dog.
Spending a few full nights with your dog whining due to not being accustomed to their crate does not sound like a relaxing vacation.
Crate Training Provides a Safe Space
If you’re crate training your puppy to love their kennel, they will begin to associate positive feelings towards their crate. A crate will be their own den and a space to relax.
When your puppy faces overstimulation, their crate will be a safe area and they may seek it out for comfort.
While you shouldn’t force your dog to be locked up, crate training your puppy is a powerful tool. Consistency and positive reinforcement works wonders for successful crate training.