Used responsibly, crates can play a valuable role in helping you care for your pug. Crates or kennels are somewhere for your pug to relax, rest and of course feel safe - but more importantly keep them happy at times when you can't give them your full attention or supervision. Crate training your pug can really make a difference and in this article we explore why and how you should crate train to benefit you both.
Why do I need to crate train my pug?Introducing a new pug puppy into your home is an exciting time but it can be a challenging one too! Creating a safe, happy den early on in their training will be helpful. Pug puppies will encounter many new things during the first few weeks in their new home - new people, new dogs, children, house training and much more. Puppies should never be left unsupervised with young children, children and puppies can be unpredictable at times, so simply place your puppy in their crate when you can't be present. Crates are also useful if your house is already home to another dog, this allows your pug 'time out'
The basics of crate training?Accidents do happen especially during the housetraining phase, (read our article on housetraining you pug) when you can't keep and eye on then the crate reduces the risk of mishaps
Choosing the right sized crateChoose your pug's crate to fit. It must be big enough to allow them to sit, stand up and turn around in with enough space to be able to stretch out without touching the sides. Don't forget they wont be puppy sized forever, they grow up quick up so consider their potential size when purchasing a crate. Here is Roy in a medium sized crate (left)
Setting up your crateMaking the crate a happy, relaxed place for your pug is the key to successful training and use. Firstly, your puppy will want to be with you or wherever is the most used place in the house, this may not necessary mean where you have the most space or looks best. In the first few weeks, at bedtime you could move the crate upstairs with you so that the pug feels closer to you and more comfortable.
You should try an position the crate away from drafts and direct sunlight and somewhere where you pug wont get to hot or cold. People have also experimented by placing a blanket over the top and sides to create a little 'den', fill with clean bedding and your pug will have it's own space to relax. Finally, don't forget the water! Make sure they have access to clean, fresh water at all times, this is placed in their bowl inside or just outside the den. Some crates come with specially designed bowls that can be clipped on to the side. Here is one we suggest from Amazon.
Summary - How to crate training your pug
- 1- Choose the right sized crate for your pug's needs, not just yours.
- 2- Choose the right location - Somewhere where its not too hot or too cold, just right.
- 3- Gradual introduction - Slowly does it and definitely no force.
- 4- Build their confidence - Increase their alone time slowly and only close the door once you feel they are ready.
- 5- Water - Always make sure it's easy to reach, fresh and clean.
- 6- Never a punishment - The crate or den should never been seen as a punishment. Build their trust and they will love having a place that they can call their own.
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