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Crate Training Your Dog

February 21st, 2012 Pets

As wildly in love as you and your new puppy may be, bringing a pooch home comes with its fair share of responsibilities as well. You're going to have to stay on top of cleaning up his messes, training him basic commands and taking him for a couple of walks every day. It can be tough to keep an eye on your puppy at all hours of the day, which is why training him to love his crate might be a good idea.

According to the Humane Society, crate training a dog utilizes his natural instincts as a den animal. He should naturally regard it as a safe place to catch a nap or hide from a thunderstorm. It's also a helpful training tool while you're teaching your dog to not chew on everything in sight.

Depending on how long you have to leave your dog home, you may want to buy something larger, like a play pen. This will give him ample space to move around and is a good place to keep him if you need to be away for longer than two or three hours.

Do you feel like a crate is just a nice way of saying doggy prison? Don't! According to PetPlace.com, crate-trained dogs are happy to sit in a small, enclosed space. In fact, if you don't give him one, he may find his own "den," perhaps under the dining room table. Having a dog who will reliably go into his crate is great for your peace of mind as well. It gives you the freedom to leave the house knowing you won't come home to a destroyed couch and a small puddle on the floor!