Crate Training FAQs
What is the best location for my dog crate?
Since dogs are pack animals, they seek to be with the pack. You are the pack leader so it is always optimal to place your dog's crate in the location you spend the most time. Of course this is not always possible, but when you have alternatives, avoid isolated locations. Try to make them part of the pack.
How long should my dog stay in their dog crate?
Most adult dogs can stay in their crate throughout the night or up to 8 hours. Puppies cannot stay in crates very long without using the restroom. Younger dogs need much more frequent potty breaks (every 2 to 4 hours). Of course, try to minimize the amount of time your dog is crated and always ensure they are taken for a potty break before being placed in their crate.
What do I do when my dog is whining?
If it is one of the first times your dog is staying in their crate, do not let them out until they stop whining. Otherwise you are reinforcing this behavior. If this is a persistent problem, start your training over again and gradually allow your dog to become comfortable with the crate as their home. Many times it requires much patience to properly train your dog for crating. In some cases, it may be necessary to try a different crate to eliminate any negative associations.
How do I select a dog crate?
Above all, consider the purpose of the crate. If it is to crate train your puppy, then a small plastic crate should do the job. If it is your dog's permanent den then a wooden dog crate should meet your neeeds. If the crate will be used for trips, a collapsible wire or mesh crate is probably best.
Also think of your dogs demeanor. Dogs that are likely to chew their crates will need a wire or plastic crate until they discontinue their chewing habits. Lastly, remember to consider your dog's size once the reach adulthood. Buying a crate for a puppy may result in you needing to purchase another crate once your dog matures.