August 30, 2021 2 min read

If you plan on crate training your new puppy, you will want to do your research. When it comes to crate training, know that it will take time and patience. Crate training your puppy gives them their own personal space and recreates a den-like atmosphere. It is natural for your pup to seek out its own space.

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Curious as to how you can start preparing to crate train your puppy? Check out these crate training best practice tips!

  • Crate training is a time commitment. New puppies under 6 months old cannot be in a crate for more than 3-4 hours at a time because they don’t have full control over their bladders and bowels yet. Make sure you are setting aside time to let your puppy out of their crate frequently. If your work schedule doesn’t permit you to let your pup out, ask a family member to help or hire a dog sitter through Rover!

  • If a puppy is left in their crate for too long, they aren’t getting enough quality time with you. This could lead to depression and anxiety. If your schedule and budget force your pup to stay in their crate for too long, crate training is not the best option. Besides crate training, you can get a playpen or block off a small area of the house for them. Keeping your pup confined while you’re away will help prevent accidents and chewing!
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  •  If your pup is whining whenever they are in the crate, consider Snuggle Puppy! Snuggle Puppy comes in 5 colors to best match your pup and includes a Real-Feel Heartbeat and heat pack. Dogs and puppies are pack animals who are instinctively drawn to their mother and others in their pack. Snuggle Puppy recreates intimacy and physical warmth with a Real-feel Heartbeat. The result is a calmer, happier pet.The New Puppy Starter Kit is also a great option. It includes everything you need for your new puppy!

  •  Crates come in different sizes and styles. You can get a plastic, fabric, or collapsible metal crate. When you find the right crate, make sure it is the right size for your dog. A dog should be able to stand up and turn around comfortably in their crate. If the crate is too big, a puppy that is potty training may have space for accidents.

  • Make sure you create a safe space for your dog in their crate. Remove your dog's collar and never keep a dog in a crate with a harness on. A collar or harness can easily be caught in the crate and cause suffocation. If you want to keep a collar on your dog, get a breakaway collar for safety purposes.
  • Get a nice cozy blanket for their space. Snuggle Blanket comes in 3 different colors, attracts, and retains pet hair and is machine washable. Snuggle Blanket allows for anxiety alleviation by providing familiar smells in unfamiliar environments. 
Want more tips? Check out this Ultimate Crate Training Guide for Your New Puppy.