As a new owner, you might feel like it may be cruel to your new puppy, keeping her locked in her crate. But the benefits of crate training are undeniable.
And we mean for both you and your dog! Don’t believe it?
We’ll talk about why. But it’s also true that it all depends on how you go about crate training your puppy.
And that you don’t abuse the fact that you can crate your dog for your own convenience, of course. The benefits of crate training are very apparent if done properly.
3 Benefits of Crate Training That Will Help Your New Puppy To Settle In
What is crate training, really? It’s like teaching your puppy to go to their room for a little while. It’s a way for you to have some quiet time on your own, so you can attend to your daily life.
Or, it can be a way for you to limit the trouble your dog gets up to while you’re not around to supervise. In any case, crating your dog is clearly good for you.
I mean, having puppy pads and stain removers are great while your new pup is house training. But you can only put down pads in so many places at home, and you can only scrub away at the floor or carpet as much.
But is it good for your puppy?
Well, let’s talk about the benefits of crate training your new dog…
1. Grants A Safe Space To Your Puppy
You know how you like to curl up in your own bed, just to relax or just for comfort when you’re going through a tough time?
When it comes down to it, your own bed is ultimately the best place to do that. Even if you really like the couch…or a hammock if you have one…or wherever else you chill out.
Your puppy also needs his spot, or “den”. Whether it’s just for relaxing and hanging out when she wants to do nothing else or to retreat to as a safe space of her own
Makes sense, doesn’t it?
Crate training, while also helping a great deal with her potty training, will also give her that. And that will really help your new puppy to settle into her new home as well.
2. Encourages Cleanliness And Hygiene
Once your puppy starts seeing her crate as her “spot” or “den”, she’ll start looking to care more for space.
Your dog will learn to keep her crate cleaner and essentially draw on her instinct not too dirty the place she sleeps in. During the early days, your puppy might make messes in the crate.
That’s when puppy pads will come handy. But eventually, she will know to hold her bladder for a bit so as not to dirty her crate.
At the same time, you also need to be mindful of how long you are crating your puppy. In any case, you should never crate your puppy for longer than an hour or two after she gets used to crating.
And even if you need to crate her while you need to be out for longer than that, make sure someone is coming in to check up on her and let her out at intervals!
3. Allows You Breathing Room
And of course, for you particularly, this is one of the main benefits of crate training. But for your dog too, it teaches her that her crate training is kind of your alone time.
Even if they don’t right away, dogs will know it once you ignore them or speak sternly that their attempts to seek your attention are presently unwelcome.
They will eventually learn to just nap during crate time, or play with their toys. But the point is, having this ease of mind, not having to worry over what your puppy is up to while you’re busy is a blessing.
And by reducing that strain, it is good for the bond between you two as well!
Do you see the benefits of crate training your puppy after reading this post?
We also have this How To Choose The Best Dog Crate article that you can check out.
If you have thoughts or suggestions of your own, do let us know in the comments section below!
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