Posted by Colleen Fitzpatrick
Our family recently adopted a basset puppy. We named her Ruby Rose (partly because of the gem and the flower but mostly no one could agree on just one name).
She is the cutest little thing on four legs and we are all unabashedly smitten. Ruby is the first puppy I’ve had in almost twenty years. Isn’t she cute? When you get a puppy, one of the first things you have to be concerned with is how you are going to contain the little critter. A puppy can’t have the run of your home because of obvious safety concerns. They eat anything and everything not nailed down.
And if it’s actually nailed down, then they will try to eat the nail.
Enter the crate.
Before Ruby, I never crate-trained any of my dogs. My parents never crated any of our dogs we
had when I was growing up either. It
just wasn’t something that was commonplace in the 1980’s. Skip ahead forty years and now crate-training
your puppy is just a given. Let me tell
you, crate-training has been awesome so far.
If trained correctly, a dog will appreciate her crate
because it provides safety and security like a den in the wild. My puppy loves her crate because it's cozy
and I spared no expense making it feel inviting. I do caution you if your puppy is part beaver
though. Don’t put in anything she can rip apart and eat. A puppy will do fine in a crate with no blanket. Trust me, it’s not worth the inevitable intestinal blockage.
The main reason I wanted to crate-train Ruby is because I
wanted to be sure she was safe at night or when we needed to leave the house.
So far, it’s been a success. At night
time, I can hear her snoring away and she can hold it overnight in the kennel
without needing to go out and potty.
When we leave the house, she has a bit more trouble but she settles down
after a few minutes. I set up my camera
to watch her a few times and each time, she settled herself down by the time we
left the driveway.
Since she likes her kennel at home, she may not mind being
kennelled at the groomer or the vet.
I have yet to test this theory of mine but I have a good
feeling about it. I also use my kennel
to transport her. It’s nice because I
don’t have to worry about her climbing all over the seats or getting into
something she shouldn’t. I also feel
like I am a safer driver because I am not distracted. Distracted driving causes thousands upon
thousands of accidents each year. I
don’t want to become a statistic.
The only thing I don't like about the crate is that is not
aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Black
metal sticks out like a sore thumb in my living room. In the grand scheme of things, who cares
right? My puppy has a den to call her
own and I don't have to stress about her getting into trouble when I can’t have
my eye on her all the time. You can’t
What are your thoughts
on crate-training? Have you ever had to
crate-train an adult dog? Let us know in
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About Our Guest Blogger
Colleen Fitzpatrick is a former dog groomer turned writer from Upstate New York. She loves all dogs but is particularly fond of basset hounds. She is passionate about animal rescue and hopes to foster dogs once her children are a bit older.
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