Crate Training Small Dogs

There are several levels of thought about crate training. Some owners simply want the opportunity to put their puppy or small dog away so they can’t get underfoot. Other owners like the idea that they’re providing their dog with a safe-haven of his or her own.

Crate training is not a form of punishment. It is one way some people prefer to train their dogs. The following article will discuss a few of the benefits of crate training.

Own Territory

Everyone needs a safe place that they can call their own. Dogs are no different. They need a warm, dry safe place that they can go to whenever they need distance from everyone and everything else in the world. The crate offers them a piece of the world that is just for them. Some dogs appreciate this, especially when they still have close contact to the owner. This is why it is best to place the crate in an area in which your dog can still see you and the family in the background. This will allow your dog will have his own space, but still be a part of the family as well.

Safety

Crate training small dogs is imperative when it comes to safety. It is easy for little dogs to get underfoot because of their size. Sometimes, your household can be a very busy place, especially if you have guests over.

It is during this time that the chances of you or your guests stepping on your dog are very high. It is for this reason that crates are wonderful places to keep dogs safe during times in which your household can become a little hectic and unsafe for your dog to roam.

House Training

Crate training small dogs can be effective when you are trying to house train your puppy. Putting your dog in a crate keeps the rest of your home clean and free from accidents.

In addition, it trains your dog to even hold in “his business” until you open the door of the crate. When your small dog is properly trained, he will not have accidents in his crate either. Your dog will learn to associate the crate with his own personal space, which he will not want to soil.

Home Alone

Putting your dog in a crate will give you the chance to leave your home and not have to worry about your home being destroyed in your absence. If you leave your dog in your home when you go to work, you might come back home to a total mess. Crate training small dogs will allow you to leave the home for a few hours at a time without their damaging your belongings.

However, be aware that locking a small dog in a confined area for an extended length of time may cause other psychological problems for that dog. These issues could include aggression, fear, loneliness and mistrust. Try to restrict use of a crate to a minimum. Effective training techniques will take care of any other problems you may be facing.