“To crate or not to crate.” It’s a question many new pet parents ask themselves. That’s because many loving people believe it is a form of punishment to crate their dog. Rest assured, just the opposite is actually true. There are many times in your pet’s life when the benefits of crate training will come in very handy. PetSmart® stores are having a huge sale on their crates, kennels, and carriers this month. Their knowledgeable sales staff can help you select the ideal kennel or cart to fit your pet’s needs. That makes now the perfect time to begin your pet’s crate training.
Why is crate training important?
A puppy needs constant supervision when they are out exploring their new environment. Sometimes, you have to be in a different room, go to work, or make a trip to the store. Being able to leave your puppy secured inside their crate ensures you that they will not get into mischief or potentially hazardous situations while you aren’t looking. Think of it as a playpen for your pup.
Crate or kennel training is also one of the best ways to potty-train a new pup. Let them take naps inside their crate. Upon awakening, take them outside, and praise them for a job well done. Do not put puppy pads or newspaper in the bottom of their kennel. You want to take advantage of your puppy’s natural instinct not to go where he sleeps.
How does crate/carrier training help?
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The benefits of traveling with a pet in their crate/carrier are enormous. Whether you are taking a trip to the vet or a vacation to the beach, crate training can make the journey easier and safer. As much as we enjoy our dog riding along with us when we are driving, a loose dog is extremely dangerous. It is never a good idea to allow your dog to ride unrestrained in a vehicle. You and your best friend will be safer in the event of an accident if they are riding in their carrier/crate.
How can you make a better crate/kennel experience?
Your main goal with the crate/kennel is to make it a pleasant experience for
pet. Begin by adding a nice pad and a
favorite toy. Leave the door open and
allow your pet to explore by going in and out a few times. Once they are comfortable, try closing the
door, but stay where your pup can see you.
Let them out and leave the door open.
Remember never use the crate as punishment. The crate/kennel should be a positive
experience for everyone. If you’d like
to read more on crate training, click here.
It won’t take long before your new family member falls in love with its own
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