Now, if those are not enough to convince you…Let me tell you more!
I have never had a puppy until this year, and I have been trying to do everything by the book. So crate training was a must for us. We had our trials with this: sleepless nights with crying puppy, chases around the house trying to get her to go in her crate – actually physically putting her in it… All kinds of things. But… in the end, it all paid off. Now, 9 months later, we have a properly crate trained dog and it is a WONDER.
For instance, this weekend we visited my brother for two nights. I brought Emme’s crate and set it up, showed her where it was at. Later in the evening when I mentioned it was probably “time for bed” – I saw her tilt her head and RACE downstairs and hop in her crate! She settled in happily for the night and didn’t make a peep.
The next morning, after some fun playtime with my niece and nephew and a good long walk, it was time to get ready for the day ahead, and so I said to Emme, “Is it time for a shower?” — “Shower” to her means it is time for a nap in her crate. Guess what? RACED downstairs and hopped in her crate.
It was also very handy to use when she got overexcited and or overtired during the weekend! A quick nap in her crate and she would calm down and be ready to go again for more playtime. When we would have to leave her for a bit, I knew she was safely tucked away in her crate napping, and not getting into trouble.
I just can’t say enough how happy I am we put the time and effort into crate training.
How many of you have crate trained your pups?