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Crate Training Your Pup – The Do’s and Don'ts

Your dog’s crate is his personal space, his very own room. We have a rule at our house – when Avery is in her crate, no one touches her. Why? Because sometimes even dogs need a little “me” time. The crate is an especially great place for our Avery to “hide” from the kids when she needs a break. (I only wish I had the same option some days!) <wink>


Your pup’s crate should be the place he goes to feel comforted when he’s overwhelmed, or somewhere to rest when tired. Never make your pet’s crate his “time out” zone. If you do, he’ll never want to go in there. Would you?

Teaching your dog to use a crate will make life easier on you both. Crating can:

  • reduce potty accidents in the home
  • reduce destructive/chewing incidents (especially when your pup is teething)
  • make travel and vacations easier for you both! Many hotels and cabins will allow crate-trained dogs if you travel with your pup. If you choose to board your fur-baby, he will already be used to and feel more comfortable in small areas.


Why use a crate to house-train your pup? Easy. Dogs don’t like to soil where they sleep. By choose a crate just large enough for your pup to turn around in, he will notice there is no where for him to relieve himself without having to sit/lay in his own waste. A great solution for your growing puppy (but limited wallet) is a crate that grows with your dog. Some crates, like this one from Midwest, feature a divider panel that allows you section off the crate for a smaller puppy, but to make the accessible area larger as the dog grows.

Remember, that you do not want the dog to have access to an area larger than what he can turn around in. Giving the dog too much area will allow him to relieve himself in the back portion of the crate, while still having ample sleeping room.

The Humane Society of the United States has a great article on crate training tips and even a video. For detailed tips on crate training and how to establish your pup’s crate as his “safe place” check out their article here.