My family welcomed little Bailey into our home just before Christmas 2014. She is the eighth puppy my husband and I have raised and the second to be crate trained. Using a crate system gives Bailey a safe den-like place that is all her own and gives me peace of mind that my puppy isn’t going to get into anything dangerous while I’m away from home. If I had known about crate training earlier, I would still have my favorite couch, kitchen chairs and a DVD collection that is probably worth a fortune.
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While my previous puppies were confined to a room in the house or the backyard when I was at work, their curiosity always got the better of them and something got damaged or worse they got hurt. There have been wires chewed, furniture mutilated and even a puppy that got her head stuck in a fence. I am now a big fan of keeping Bailey safe in her crate.
Bailey was introduced to her crate the first day she came home and she quickly learned that it is the place she goes when I leave the house or when it is time for bed. The crate is welcoming and never used for punishment. Here are some of the techniques I used to make her crate happy.
Puppy Psychology and #CrateHappyPets
- Most puppies like the security of a crate or kennel and soon learn it belongs to them.
- Introduce the crate by spreading a few treats inside so your puppy can explore.
- Leave the door of the crate open when you are home so your puppy can walk in and out.
- Set the crate in a room the family regularly uses. Bailey’s is in the master bedroom because all of my pets sleep in the room with us or hang out there while I’m away.
- Purchase a crate that is sturdy and big enough for your puppy to stand and turn around inside. Take into account how much your puppy is going to grow in the next few months.
- Make the crate comfy with a soft bed or blanket.
- Make the crate fun with safe chews and toys.
- Leave your puppy in the crate for short periods of time.
PetSmart® has a wide variety of crates, kennels and carriers that pet parents can purchase at the store or shop online. They even offer a helpful guide where you can research the options about Crates, Gates and Kennels.
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Bailey is making great progress adjusting to our family with help from her crate. And for readers of Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog that have a disabled dog or cat , consider a cozy crate to keep your pet comfortable too.