Benefits of Crate Training a Puppy

Learn how crate training not only provides your puppy with a safe retreat, but it can also help with separation anxieties and potty training, to mention a few! Read on to discover more great benefits of crating your puppy.

Why Should I Crate Train My Puppy?

Crating your puppy can be highly beneficial to both puppy and owner, but inexperienced dog owners often think that crating a dog is cruel and are often quite upset by the idea.

Dogs just love their crates - this King Charles spaniel certainly seems comfy!

It's not until the breeder or someone experienced in crating puppies points out the many benefits it provides, that skeptical owners realize that dog cages aren't cruel boxes in which to lock away puppies, but that they provide a safe and secure place for our Cocker Spaniels.

There are many good reasons why crating your puppy is a good idea and the following benefits are some good examples:

  • Security - Crate training your puppy helps to provide a safe and secure area for your pet; his own safe 'personal space' where he can go when he wants a bit of peace and quiet.

  • Potty Training - If your pup isn't yet fully house-trained, crating him will give him a helping hand.  Dogs instinctively try to avoid soiling their den, so if your puppy is crated, he'll try to hold it until he's taken outside.

  • Calming - The very act of caging your pup can help to calm him and settle him down, meaning he's less likely to get overly stressed and suffer separation anxiety.

  • Peace of Mind - Puppy crate training makes for a less stressful life for you too. No more chasing around trying to catch up with a mischievous little Cocker Spaniel!

  • Minimizes Damage - Confining your pup to his cage when you're not free to keep an eye on him will help to minimize any damage to your home. Puppies love to bite and chew, it's what they do, but sometimes puppy chewing can get out of hand. 

    This where a crate really comes in handy as it will save your furniture or your favorite slippers from being chewed to bits - not to mention your sanity!

Benefits of Crate Training and Travel

Out And About With Your Dog

If you crate train your puppy, you'll discover just how useful it can be when traveling.

Unfamiliar surroundings and new noises may make your dog feel uneasy, but his familiar crate and blankets will give him comfort and security.

Traveling By Car

A crate is ideal for transporting your pet from one place to another by car.

It can either be placed on the back seat, or in the boot if you have an estate car. This will keep your pup safe inside the car until you're ready to let him out, and because your dog won't be loose in the car, it will be much safer for you or the driver.

Traveling By Air

If you ever need to take your Cocker Spaniel abroad, and your only option is to fly, he'll need to be caged during the flight.

Flying is stressful enough for any pet, even one used to a crate, so imagine how he'd feel if he'd never been in one before.

If you do plan to fly, please note that for the crate to be suitable for air travel it must meet the (strict) regulations for airline approved dog carriers, otherwise your dog may not be allowed to travel.

Trips To The Vet

There will be many times when you need to take your puppy to the vet - hopefully, they'll all be for regular routine check ups - and a plastic crate is ideal for this, however, he'll soon outgrow it.

Vets use wire cages for pets who need to stay overnight whilst being treated so if your Cocker Spaniel is not used to a crate, a stay at the vets could cause him a great deal of unnecessary stress.

Boarding Kennels

We can't always take out pets with us on holiday (more's the pity) and this is when we have to make the heartbreaking decision to leave them in boarding kennels for a couple of weeks.

Whilst he'll be well looked after while you're away, he'll feel much happier if he's already used to being in a crate.

PS: If you can't bear the thought of kenneling your pet, you might like to consider a dog sitter staying in your home, or having your pet looked after in their home. It's more expensive, but in my opinion it's well worth it.

Staying In A Hotel

Unfortunately not all hotels will accept dogs, however those that do will be more relaxed about leaving your Cocker in the room if they know he's crated.

Crate Training A Puppy Is Not Cruel!

Now that you understand the benefits of using a crate for your puppy, I hope I've convinced you that it's not cruel and that it's simply providing the perfect environment that any dog will love.

You can learn how to choose a dog crate for your pup by following the link. Alternatively, there are more related titles below.

More in the Crate Training A Puppy Series

Let's set the record straight, crate training a puppy isn't cruel. Dogs love small spaces because they make them feel safe and secure. How many times have you seen a dog curled up under a dining chair or small table? Crating your puppy creates the same effect - learn more.

Essential rules of crate training - before you go any further, I recommend you read these basic rules to help you and your puppy get the best out of the training.

Crating your puppy - now it's time to get down to the nitty gritty of learning how to teach your puppy to use his crate, but more importantly, to love his crate from the start.

Crating a dog - if you're training an older, adult dog this is the page for you. The training is similar to that for puppies, but it's more focused towards the older dog who's never been in a crate before, or where he's had previous negative experiences in crate.

Dog crates - these come in many different sizes, shapes, and materials and our page on choosing a dog crate will help you to make sure you get the perfect fit for your pet.

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