If you just brought a new puppy into your life, you may be wondering, “why should I crate train my puppy, to begin with?”
The first advice most new puppy owners receive when they get a puppy is to crate train their puppy. The issue is that many owners are told what to do but not the “why.”
So if you’re interested in uncovering the answer to why should I crate train my puppy, then read on as we dive deep into the benefits of crate training!
Why should I Crate Train My Puppy The simple answer:
Crate training is a way to prevent your puppy from having any accidents or making mistakes while learning your house rules. For instance, crate training prevents your puppy from going potty inside your house or chewing your furniture while your pup learns what to chew on and where to go potty. Crate training also teaches your puppy how to be comfortable being alone!
Why Should I Crate Train My Puppy?
This is one of the best questions to ask, and once you understand why crate training benefits not only you but your pup as well, you’ll quickly want to prioritize crate training!
Why Crate training is important
When it comes to puppy’s, it is crucial to understand that puppies have little to no life experience but the ones we (their owners) provide them. That means it’s our job to be our puppy’s guide on how to behave in a human world.
Being our puppy’s guide means teaching our puppy in a way that allows them to be successful and make the right decisions. That is precisely what crate training does!
Why crate train your puppy?
Now that you understand why crate training is essential, here are the benefits of crate training your puppy!
The first benefit of crate training your puppy is potty training! Essentially you’re using the crate to prevent your pup from having any “accidents” while your puppy is learning where to go potty.
The reason this works is that a puppy will not pee where they sleep.
Remember that since your puppy does not understand where to potty and where not to potty, we use the crate to avoid any accidents while you’re not physically there to monitor your puppy.
Learning what to chew on
Another benefit of crate training your puppy is that your puppy can begin to learn what objects are appropriate to chew on and what objects are not!
By allowing your puppy to have a chew bone in the crate, your puppy begins to make the association between chew bones being appropriate to chew on while around other objects like a chair, table, couch, etc
Remember, since puppy’s don’t understand what is right and wrong, we want to set your puppy for success by giving your puppy a chew bone and using the crate to prevent your puppy from chewing your furniture.
You never want to leave your puppy unsupervised out of the crate. Doing this means your allowing your puppy to “figure it out on their own” if you do that, your puppy may begin to chew your furniture, assuming it’s “ok.”
Instead, use the crate to prevent your puppy from making any mistakes while your pup learns what objects they can chew on.
Getting comfortable being alone:
The crate is also a great way to begin teaching your puppy how to be comfortable being alone!
As owners, we want to be around our new puppy all the time, but being with our puppy 24/7 can develop some issues down the road; you’ll end up with a dog that won’t know how to cope when left alone.
This is why we provide puppies with small amounts of alone time in the crate at a young age. While your puppy is in the crate, you can give them a puzzle toy to reward themselves while alone.
Doing this teaches your puppy that being alone is no big deal!
If you have ever wondered why should I crate train my puppy, then this article gave you the main benefits of crate training your puppy.
Always remember to be your puppy’s guide and use the crate appropriately because if you’re not in a position to guide your puppy, you’re leaving your pup to figure it out on its own.
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