Crate Training Dogs & Puppies- FAQ
1) Why should I crate train my dog?
Crate Training is the fastest and most humane method of
housebreaking dogs. Have you ever seen a dog under a table, chair
or bed? The reason is that dogs naturally want to seek shelter,
even in a house. If you don't provide it, they will create it
themselves in an effort to feel safe and secure. A crate serves
as a den for your dog.
2) How does crate training work?
Like babies, puppies cannot control their bladders until they
mature (usually between 3 and 6 months). Dogs have a natural
instinct to avoid eliminating in their dens. Therefore, confining
your puppy in his crate for the proper amount of time encourages
him to "hold it" until you take him outside for a walk. Pet
Dreams offers Free Crate Training Tips with more step-by-step
3) What about housebreaking older dogs?
It is never too late to crate train your dog! The number one
reason dogs end up in shelters is behavior problems. Crate
training, at any age, can help break bad habits and solve most of
4) How long do I need to use the crate?
Crates are not just for training- they are good for the lifetime
of your dog. By providing a crate for your dog, you are in
essence providing him with his own bedroom. Crates are especially
important for older dogs that use it to escape the hustle and
bustle of everyday family life, which often includes small
children or other pets that may harass them.
5) How safe is crate training?
Dog crates are the best housetraining tool available. They
provide a room for your dog while protecting your home
furnishings from damage. However, even a crate isn't an absolute
safe harbor for your pet. As per crate manufacturers warnings,
you should always remove standard collars before placing your dog
in a crate. Otherwise, your dog is at risk for possible
strangulation if his collar or ID tags become caught in the
crate's bars. Pet Dreams' Cratewear bumpers are the only bumpers
made high enough to help prevent collar strangulation and other
6) I was told that dogs like their crates, so why do I have
to force mine inside?
There are many reasons to not enjoy a bare metal dog cage.
- Comfort: When dogs lie down in their crates, they are
leaning up against wire bars, which can be very irritating.
Crate bumpers and pads, like Cratewear, provide the comfort
your dog will appreciate.
- Security: Wire crates leave your dog exposed on all sides.
Crate covers provide den-like security.
- Location: Separating your dog from the rest of the family
can add stress. Dogs are social animals, so the ideal location
is a room full of activity. Your dog will enjoy his new room
while still being part of the family. At night the bedroom is
an ideal place for a crate so your dog will feel the security
of being close to you.
- Time: Confining him in his crate for excessive periods of
time will be a negative experience for your dog. After
housebreaking your dog, we recommend removing the door from the
crate so he can enjoy his den any time he chooses.
7) What can I do to make my dog's crate more
- Use Cratewear to make his crate safe & comfortable
- Put appropriate toys and treats inside the crate, which
will entice him to go in on his own.
- Feeding your dog in his crate can develop a positive
association with it.
- Give your puppy lots of praise when he enters the
8) How do I stop my dog from whining or barking the
Again, make sure the crate is in a good location. Veterinarians
and trainers recommend covering the crate to give your dog the
privacy he needs to feel secure. If your dog can see you, he'll
want to be with you outside the crate. Crate covers lower the
number of distractions your dog sees, which reduces barking and
stress. Note: Dogs that suffer from separation anxiety should not
be crated. If you feel your dog is suffering from separation
anxiety and is showing clinical signs, please avoid crating him
until speaking to a professional.
9) What's in it for me?
Dog crates give your dog a place he can claim as his territory.
Providing your dog with a comfortable room of his own will help
keep him off your furniture. In addition to the safety and
comfort benefits for your dog, Cratewear will enhance your wire
crate to fit your decor, making the crate an attractive addition
to any room. All of this results in a more positive training
experience for you and your pooch!
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