The benefits of crate training are housetraining along with chew control and portability. Crates give peace of mind that your puppy/dog is safe and has a natural place to rest/sleep. Not only can you housetrain your puppy/dog, used correctly, your dog will naturally look upon his crate as his den. Instinctively den animals, crate training can make housetraining easier, puppies/dogs do not want to soil where they live. Crates are also an effective way to avoid dangerous and inappropriate chewing.

Crates come in a variety of sizes and types, fiberglass airline and wire that fold up and are portable. Choose one that will be large enough for an adult dog of your breed to lie down, stand up and turn around in without difficulty.

Whenever possible put the crate near family members. This will encourage puppy/dog to go inside without feeling isolated. You can move the crate to the bedroom at night so your puppy/dog will always feel like part of the family.

Be prepared for your puppy/dog first experience with a crate – he will probably cry or whine. At the first sign of separation, such as barking, whining or howling, intervene with “Phooey”. Your puppy/dog should associate the word with inappropriate behavior and stop. It may take several tries but eventually he will settle down. Gradually increase the time of confinement. Be aware that puppies have little control so be prepared to take him out during the night. (See House-Breaking Guide)

The crate will also help with inappropriate chewing. It will be a safe place to leave your puppy/dog away from electrical chords, outlets, shoes and furniture when unattended. The crate alone cannot stop a teething puppy; so make sure you provide him with safe chewable toys and bones.