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Crate training is something that can work well for both you and your dog. A dog crate gives you a place to keep the dog safe when you're not around, or when both of you want a break. And it helps satisfy your dog's need for a den-like enclosure. A dog crate can also help housebreak a puppy, reduce separation anxiety and help you deal effectively with a chewer. There are a few basic rules to making sure you get the right crate for your dog and then making the crate work right for both of you.
When purchasing a dog crate, you need to think about how you're going to use the dog crate, and how well your dog can fit in the dog crate. Dog crates come in small, medium, large and extra-large. They come in plastic and wire/metal mesh. Think about the size of your dog – both now and when it's fully grown. Are you planning to travel much with the crate? Or is it going to be strictly an at-home model? You can spend anywhere from $35 to more than $150 on a dog crate, depending on the size, material and model that you decide is right for you and your dog.
No matter what kind of crate you decide on, the most important thing to remember is this: You want the dog to think of the crate as a comfortable home, so never use the crate as punishment.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|