It can in addition safeguard your new puppy from other pets you may possibly have in the home, that weren't expecting any guests, and aren't too content with the new arrangements.
If you would like to utilize the crate training method for your new puppy, then you want to purchase a suitable crate. There are crates made of both metal and plastic. I feel the metal is superior and can last a lifetime, but either one can do fine.
I suggest a crate no lesser than 24"W x 26"H x 32"L for smaller puppies, and 28-30" W x 30-32" H x 36" L for bigger puppies. If there is a choice I would buy the bigger one, since it offers your dog additional space.
Once you bring your new puppy home it is best to have the crate already present and set up. Locate it in an area which is central to the family, so the puppy does not feel left out once inside the crate, but not in a high traffic area which is too hectic.
A safe spot might be close to the exit leading to an outdoors area where your puppy will be free to relieve himself. It is best to choose a satisfactory spot and then try to stick with it, to prevent confusing your puppy.
Make the crate comfortable by placing an old blanket, or a few towels on the bottom to furnish your puppy something soft to lay on.
The first time you bring the puppy to your house put a few small biscuits, and perhaps a chew toy in the crate. Then persuade your puppy to explore his/her brand new crate, using the biscuits and chew toy to create awareness.
Praise your puppy each time he/she goes inside the crate making a big deal about it. Continue to persuade your puppy to go in the crate during the day. Once he/she seems comfortable with this process, set another toy into the crate and then close the gate the next time he/she goes inside.
Keep in mind that this is training intended for your puppy, and crate training puppies will cause you to do a few things that you possibly don't like doing, like shutting the crate door, and looking at that sad little face.
Stay outside the crate and praise him for being obedient. Puppies like being praised. Place your fingers through the holes into the crate and have fun with your puppy while he is in there.
After a few minutes move away and leave him by himself. He or she may possibly whine, but this is normal. Do not allow him out at this moment. Eventually your puppy should settle down and rest.
After a brief period of time like 30 to 60 minutes move to the crate and offer your puppy a lot of praise for being so obedient, and then let him out of the crate.
What you are accomplishing now is getting your puppy comfortable with being in the crate. If you repeat this simple strategy with your own slight variations for roughly a week, you will notice that your puppy will most likely go into the crate on his own as soon as he is tired.
Leave the gate to the crate wide open when the puppy is not put in by you. You may discover that after a week or two they will begin to go in on their own when they need to rest. This is exactly what you would like to take place.
When you initially begin your puppy with the crate training method I would suggest you only leave your puppy inside the crate for roughly three hours at a time before taking him out to relieve him/herself and get a little exercise. As your puppy gets roughly twelve weeks old you can stretch it to roughly four hours.
It is essential to keep the puppy from relieving him/herself in the crate if at all possible. An accident or two is going to take place, but if it becomes a pattern, this can send a bad message to your puppy and make them begin to stay away from the crate. Dogs don't like to sleep anywhere they do their business.
Crate training puppies is simple, and ought to go smoothly after the first week. How long you decide to go on with this method is up to you, but I personally would crate train until your pet is roughly nine months. When your puppy is about six to seven months old you should begin to give him/her a little more freedom around the house.
Between seven and nine months you ought to be able to slowly eliminate the crate, but don't be in too much of a hurry, since bad behavior can re-emerge quickly.
The best test is leaving your puppy out of the crate while no one is at home. The first time you do this be sure it is for only fifteen or twenty minutes. If you return to no destruction or mischief then perhaps the puppy has learned well.
Gradually extend the puppy's freedom period until you are comfortable with the outcome.
I feel if you try the crate training method with your puppy you will reach to the same conclusion I did after trying it for the first time. It is the best way to go.
If you are thinking that you can merely use a cardboard box to put your puppy in, forget about it. Puppies hate cardboard boxes, since they can't see anything as soon as you put them in there.
That's why they spend the whole day and night (while you're trying to sleep) trying to get over the side. Have you ever experienced the sound of a puppy's claws digging the inside of a cardboard box at three a.m.
You won't have that issue with a crate because they can see out all the time.
Crate training puppies is the best way to go, for your benefit, and it's in your puppy's best interest, and crate training a puppy is very simple. After you have tried it, I am confident you will have the same opinion.