Crate Training Puppies: What Are The Pros And Cons Posted on August 3, 2012 by Michael 6 Crate Training Crate training puppies is an issue that causes people to argue, and I would like to talk about the pros and cons of crate training today. I’d like to start with anyone who has enough love in their heart to adopt a dog of any age, and asks this question, is a responsible pet parent, whatever decision they come to. Here are the pros and cons of using a puppy crate that will help you make that choice for you and your family. Con #1 Against A Dog’s Nature This is easily the most used argument against confining your dog. People feel this very strongly, and there really isn’t a way to argue them out of it. You can say that having a dog in your home is against their nature too, but that is unlikely to change anyone’s mind about crate training. If you feel this strongly about it, maybe using a puppy crate is not for you. I do encourage you to read on, and learn more about crate training puppies before deciding though! Pro #1 Provides A Safe Den The advantage that’s most talked about is that it provides a safe place for your pup to go. In a sense it’s like a den, which is what they would have if they were living out in the wild. If you approach crate training with this attitude, and your dog sees it that way too, who can argue with it? That brings us to… Con #2 Danger You absolutely must recognize that safety comes first. A puppy crate can’t have sharp edges, or anything that their collar can get caught on. Even better, take the collar off entirely before they go in. The argument that crate training puppies is more dangerous than leaving them to run around loose when alone, can seem a bit illogical. As much as you try and dog-proof your home, it seems that a puppy crate is safer and easier. Taking us to… Pro #2 Safer No one can supervise their dog 24/7, and crate training puppies gives you freedom from the fear of what they will get into when you’re not looking. If you can make it a happy, safe den, then crate training keeps them safe when you can’t watch over them. Final Important Points You must remember this is not a way to punish your pet; it must only be a safe place. It’s not a substitute for looking after your companion either. You still need to check on them regularly and let them out for a potty break. Also, if you choose to do this at night, the puppy crate should be kept in your bedroom. You need to be able to hear them if they need to go out. Do talk to other pet parents about crate training, but listen for their experiences more than opinions. That will give you a much better idea on whether it’s for you or not. As with so many pet issues, for me it is very simple. You are the one responsible for your companion, and you need to care for your pup in the way that works best for both of you. Only the two of you can decide if it’s going to be a safe den or if a crate is completely against their nature. Now you know the pros and cons of crate training puppies and you can make your own choice.