Crate training, quite simply put, is using a crate, such as those used for travelling, as an indoor sleeping area and for confinement during puppy training.
The concept has been around for ages and used by those who take part in formal events like obedience competitions, shows and agility. It’s gained mainstream popularity in Europe and the States, but is still relatively new to the everyday pet owner in South Africa.
It’s quite natural to be a little sceptical about the idea of raising your puppy ‘in a cage’, but dogs are ‘den’ animals by nature and when the crate is introduced correctly it becomes the pups den and does the job of a child’s playpen in many ways – keeping them out of harm’s way and out of trouble when you can’t watch them.
This will make your and your pup’s life so much easier and happier and after you experience the benefits you will never have a pup again without crate training it!