Crate training your dog
Over the years there have been many methods for house-training a dog from crates to pens, to Wee-Wee Pads to walled off areas of the kitchen. Among the many methods used, crate training is probably the most popular, especially when training young puppies.
The idea behind the crate is that a puppy or dog will feel quite comfortable in small cage, where an animal guardian can offer food, water, toys, as well as comfortable bedding that the dog will come to know as his or her own personal bedroom. It is hoped that with time the puppy will learn not to soil where they eat, play or sleep. And while many puppies and adult dogs do find eventual comfort and become house-trained in a crate, many other dogs suffer from severe anxiety and distress that sometimes lead to behavioral disorders themselves, or injury in trying to escape or get out of the crate.
As with any medical approach I take in veterinary medicine, every pet is an individual, and while crate training can work in some dogs, it fails in others. Sometimes playing soft music or a television nearby can ease a pet’s anxiety, but in other cases they do not. And so while crate training is certainly worth a try, an animal guardian must also be prepared with other alternatives as well, in case crate training is not the appropriate approach for that individual canine companion.