When you’re exhausted or just want a little escape, you may consider your bed a haven. A crate should be to a puppy what a comfortable mattress and cozy comforter is to pet parents. Dogs are natural den animals, meaning they enjoy hunkering down in a quiet, private space. Dr. Aliya McCullough, Fetch by The Dodo's on-staff veterinarian, explains how to make a crate one of your puppy's favorite places.
It’s best to use a crate from the first day you welcome your pup home. A crate that’s too small may make your puppy feel more anxious — make sure they can fully stand up and easily turn around in it. Also, if it’s too big then they may go to the bathroom in it. When picking out the crate, try bringing your pup along so you can make sure it’s the perfect fit.
After choosing the right crate, there are a couple of things you can do to make it their favorite space:
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Helping your pup adjust to the crate takes time. Don’t spoil your progress by doing these things:
You should start crate training as soon as you welcome your pup home. Show them that this is their designated safe space as soon as possible. If they suffer from separation anxiety, talk to their behavioral therapist or vet to decide if crate training could help keep them safe while you’re away.
Crates help with potty training puppies as your dog most likely won’t go to the bathroom in their own space. If you’re using a crate to potty train, be sure to frequently let them use the bathroom.
Crates are meant to help your pet feel comfortable. With the help of these quick tips, your best friend will live their best life in and out of the crate.
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