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Crate Training, in my opinion, is the only way to go. The crate is their own sanctuary and you can have peace of mind when they are in there. If your dog has separation anxiety or is a puppy, they like to chew and destroy, and it is much less expensive to get a dog crate than having to buy a new couch, rugs, shoes, walls, remotes…etc. We have had a lot of success with Lacy and her crate. She loves it!

Crate training
Lacy in her crate!

Crate training is a practice that uses a dog’s natural instincts as a den animal. 

There are good reasons for crate training:

  • Provides a safe space
  • Helps with potty training (dogs don’t like to soil their den)
  • Safety at home when alone or at night
  • Safer and easier for traveling (a dog has a better chance of surviving a car accident)
  • Less destruction around the house
  • Dogs love their own sanctuary
  • Easier to control the dog when you have visitors
  • Helps dogs with separation anxiety

If you plan to crate your dog during the day it’s important to remember to let them outside first thing when you get home. They need exercise just like we do and will need to go potty!

See our blog on how much exercise your dog needs here!

Crate train your dog:

  • Start with introducing them to the crate. It should always be associated with something pleasant for them. Start slow. Make sure you don’t make the introduction a traumatic experience! To help them feel at ease add one of your old shirts in there for familiarity and comfort. Don’t lock the crate or leave them alone when first introducing them.
  • Exercise your dog before crating them so they are tired.

Remember… Dogs need exercise before the crate!

I hope you found this helpful! Dog Bless!~

Holli ~ The Dog Connection, llc

The dog connection’s Dog agility training and exercise website here

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I am a mother of 4 humans and 4 dogs (currently). A dog is man's best friend and I am here to show their heart to the world! I will touch on dog training, health, benefits and lifestyle!

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  1. I dont have a dog, so as always I am amazed at how much effort goes into raising a dog.

  2. I’ve never had a dog before or any pets for that matter (mom was allergic to fur growing up) but I’ve always wanted to get a dog. Crate training has always sounded a bit intimidating to me but this post was great at breaking it down!

  3. I don’t have any fur baby but I will save this post to share with my sister in law.

    1. We’ve crate trained our dogs and have recommended others to do so as well! It’s their space for comfort and they know they are safe there. Great tips!

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