Crate Training Your Puppy

Believe it or not, most puppies can be easily trained to enjoy spending time in their crates! It can be somewhat of a “safe haven” for them. In fact, allowing your puppy to roam around the house unsupervised to chew and/or eliminate can be potentially dangerous.

Here are some benefits to crate training your puppy:

  • Security for your dog
  • Safety for your dog
  • Prevention of household damage (chewing, elimination, etc.)
  • Help with housetraining
  • Preparation for travel, boarding, and spending time alone
  • Improved relationships (fewer problems mean less frustration and discipline)


Crates and suggestions to consider:

  • Two types of crates- metal collapsible crates with tray floors or a plastic travel crate
  • Look for a crate that is large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around in
  • Introduce your puppy to the crate as soon as possible
  • Place treats, toys or food in the crate to motivate your puppy to go in voluntarily
  • Practice training them to go in on command by tossing a treat or toy in the crate and saying “Go to your crate.”
  • The first time you confine your puppy to their crate should be after a period of play, exercise and elimination (nap time!)
  • Never reward the puppy by letting them out of the crate because of whining or crying
  • As crate training continues always give your puppy a chew toy or treat/food dispensing toy to keep them busy
  • Gradually increase the time spent in their crate
  • Never use the crate as punishment


AAHA Pet Behavior Brochure Series- Crate Training

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