New pet owners face many decisions, one of which is what type of training they plan to use for the new arrival and whether to crate train or not.  One of the reasons crate training is so popular is that it offers many benefits to both pet and owner, and the potential benefits make it well worth the effort.  Crate training your dog is a commitment that may require persevering several weeks to reach the end result.

Crate trained dogs enjoy the security their crates provide.  Whether it’s wire crates or wooden dog crates, a dog will see their crate as their very own indoor dog house.  Be sure you pick a good quality dog crate that is sturdy and made using quality materials, as ideally this piece of dog furniture should last you for many years to come.

Now, on to the reasons why many choose to crate train their pets. First, it’s a great way to speed up the potty training process. Dogs naturally avoid eliminating in their bedding, so if a crate is sized properly and only affords the space necessary for the dog and its bed, your dog should quickly learn to let you know when they need to do their business. This training is great for avoiding potty accidents both at night time and while you are away at work during the day.

 When a dog learns to enjoy their crate, it becomes their “go to” spot whenever they feel stressed or tired. You want to make sure that whichever type of crate you choose, whether wooden dog crates, wire or other varieties, that you are able to provide a den like atmosphere when necessary. Wooden dog crates naturally lends themselves to feeling more like a den, but wire crates can be covered by a blanket or a crate cover to provide a similar atmosphere.