When bringing home a new puppy, many dog owners are unsure about whether or not they should have a crate to serve as their new pet’s “home base.” Some are afraid that the dog will feel it’s a punishment, and will be afraid, or not properly bond with the family. 

Nothing could be further from the truth! Crates come in many shapes and sizes, from simple wire training crates (such as this one by Petmate https://www.allpet.com/index.php/dog/crates-carriers/petmate-2-door-training-retreat-wire-crate-30x19x22.html) to elaborate wooden crates that also serve as decorative items. 

Crates are great tool for management of both puppies and adult dogs. They can keep puppies from destructive chewing, jumping, or being injured by curious children. On occasions when you are unable to supervise your dog, such as when you’re at work, a crate can help keep your dog safe and contained. 

When guests come you can also keep your dog in the crate to ensure that bad habits such as jumping and barking are not reinforced. 


Making the crate a home:

When your puppy first comes home, you can put a washable bed or blanket along with some treat filled chew toys, such as this Redbarn Beef Bone into the crate and let him chew and play while you are nearby. As they grow used to the crate, you can close the door so they are used to being contained. 

Young puppies, particularly those that are not yet housebroken, will require more frequent trips to the yard and will eat and nap more often than adult dogs, so bear this in mind when crating, and don’t crate a very young puppy for too long!

As your puppy grows up, you will find that they will utilize the crate to hide their favorite toys, to take a break from a noisy household, or simply to nap in a place they feel is “theirs.” In the same way that you look forward to coming home after a long day of work and flopping in your bed or on the couch, you may just find that after a long day of playing and running, your dog wants nothing more than to retire to his crate for a long snooze!