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Dispelling the Notion that Crate Training Puppies is “Mean”

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If you’ve ever returned home after leaving your new puppy alone to find that your favorite pair of shoes, mini-blinds, couch, rug, table leg—shall we go on?—are no more, you may be convinced that crate training puppies is a must. Puppies are inquisitive, and at times, they just get bored or feel stressed by being alone. But besides protecting your home and your belongings, crate training puppies is a necessary practice for protecting your puppies, too.

Puppies are indiscriminate with regard to what they decide to chew on or eat, and the things that could be dangerous to your puppy may surprise you. Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinner leftovers, certain houseplants, or even things that they may find in the trash can. Real harm can befall a young puppy when left to its own devices. Even something as seemingly harmless as a hot dog in the garbage could bring on a severe case of pancreatitis in a puppy—painful, expensive, and life-threatening.

Puppies are also known to antagonize other pets in the home. Though your older dogs will usually “understand” that the puppy is just a youngster and will issue a warning by way of a gruff growl, not all dogs will respond in that manner. Some older or bigger dogs may become aggressive with a puppy and cause real injury. Cats have been known to put an overly exuberant puppy in his place, as well. Crate training puppies allows owners to supervise the pack dynamics rather than leave the unsuspecting puppy to fend for himself.

Getting a puppy is a big commitment, of course, but that doesn’t mean that you have to shy away from the joys of having a puppy as a family member or forever be bound to the house; you just have to reconfigure your schedule a bit while crate training your puppy, and then once he is well acclimated to the routine, and to the crate, everything should be smooth sailing. Puppies, by their nature, will enjoy the security and comfort of their crate if it’s introduced properly. Many dog owners find that once a puppy has become accustomed to his crate, he will prefer it at times to having full run of the home. Much like we enjoy going to our bedrooms when we just want a little peace and quiet, puppies are sometimes tired or overwhelmed or just want to chew on their toys in their own little safety zone. Crate training puppies provides that safe spot for them.

Not all puppies will like being crated at the outset, and their sometimes dramatic reactions may be guilt-inducing to their owners. If your puppy is unhappy with the crate, just bear in mind that crating isn’t cruel; on the contrary, it’s actually a very responsible decision by pet owners who want their puppies to be safe and feel secure when they’re away, and even at times when they’re at home.

When crate training puppies is not coming easily, consider enlisting the aid of a trusted, professional dog behaviorist to help you over the bumps in the road and onto the easy path of crate training.

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