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Wouldn’t it be great if someone developed a device for dogs that prevents destruction, chewing, and garbage raiding? The perfect device would also:
Crate training is ideal for just about every new pup and it even works for most adult dogs. Proper crate training is neither cruel nor unpleasant for the dog. In fact, a properly crate-trained dog feels happy, secure and comfortable in their crate.
In the wild, dogs and wolves need a den or hide-a-way for their home. Except for hunting, eliminating, playtime and protection, they spend hours sleeping, eating or relaxing in their den. Most well-trained, contented house pets spend most of the day curled up on a chesterfield or under a bed. The crate-trained dog is simply taught that their bed is in their crate.
Crate training is the quickest and most effective way to house train a puppy or an adult dog (when combined with proper house training techniques). If you have taught your dog that their crate is their den, then they will keep it clean.
Dogs are extremely inquisitive, especially if they get bored. As a result they may chew or destroy furniture and property. Aside from this fact there is also a risk of chewing electrical cords, plants, or raiding garbage cans. In this respect puppies need to be treated like babies - confine them when they cannot be supervised. Put a few chew toys in the crate and they may even get in the habit of chewing the right things.
Many people have difficulty getting a new pup to sleep through the night. You must not go to them as this just encourages them to whine and cry. Using crate training, you can practice turning out the lights and leaving the room for short periods. By nighttime, the pup should be accustomed to being alone.
Crate trained puppies seldom misbehave and need far less discipline. This results in a happier and closer puppy-owner relationship. Most dogs, once trained, enter their crates on their own whenever they want to relax or be left alone. Once the dog can be trusted, you could try leaving him loose in his favorite room with the cage door open to see how he does.
How to Crate Train