Some people think putting their dog in a crate is cruel. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Crate training is one of the easiest ways to help your new dog be successful in your home. Crates provide a den-like, safe space to contain your dog when you aren’t home or aren’t able to supervise them.
Crates should be large enough that your dog can stand up, turn around and lay down comfortably.
Crates help with house training routines and manage dogs that are going through excessive chewing phases. We always want the crate to be a positive place, so giving your dog food dispensing toys in the crate is a great way to help them like the crate.
The first two weeks is the most critical time for your new dog. Habits get formed quickly and you want them to be the right ones. Invite everyone that will interact with your dog to use the same commands and be consistent in the techniques you use. Don’t miss other posts in our Welcome Home series including: Part 1 – Top 10 Must Have Dog Items.