Crate Training Tips For Your Boston Terrier Puppy
Puppy crate training is a great way to manage the safety and well-being of Boston Terrier puppies. It is a great tool for creating good habits in puppies and for preventing problem behaviors.
We crate train our Boston Terrier puppies for their benefit, and that’s the main reason to do it. As well, it also helps protect the personal items in our homes. In time, the crate will become your Boston Terrier's own private area that they will consider its den. Here are a few benefits the crate offers:
- One of the first and most important uses of the crate is in the puppy housebreaking process. Crate training is the best way to quickly teach your Boston Terrier to eliminate outside.
- Crating Boston Terriers teaches them to chew on the toys we give them and lets them know what we don’t want them chewing on. This is the key to establishing good habits and preventing destructive habits which can be hard to break.
- Your Boston Terrier puppy is safe in its crate from a number of potentially dangerous household items. Many puppies are injured or killed every year as a result of chewing wires, ingesting poisons or eating foreign objects.
- Separation anxiety is a big problem for puppies. Proper use of the crate can help reduce the chance of your Boston Terrier developing separation anxiety. It becomes a place where your dog feels calm, out of trouble and accustomed to being alone.
- If you have friends or visitors coming and going from your home, the crate is the perfect place to keep your Boston Terrier puppy safely confined.
- Most crates are lightweight and portable, so you can move the crate and puppy from room to room, keeping it close to you all day.
- Most crates fit into a car, so your puppy's traveling experience safer and often less stressful.
- When your Boston Terrier puppy grows to love its crate, it makes trips and stays at places like the vet and groomers a much more bearable experience.
- When puppy crate training is done properly, your Boston Terrier puppy can’t get into any mischief, which reduces any need to discipline it. This is a much better environment in which to live (both for you and the dog).
- If you want to get into activities like competitive obedience training, fly-ball or agility training, the crate is a great place to confine your dog in between training sessions and competition.
Apart from your puppy, what else should you put in the crate? Here is a list of the basics:
- Bedding : choose a comfortable dog bed that can't be chewed up and swallowed by your pup. Be sure to choose bedding suited to your living climate.
- Chew toys: Buy a few good chew toys that you can stuff and even freeze. This keeps your Boston Terrier puppy busy and teaches it what is appropriate to chew on.
- Water: Keep a supply of clean, fresh water handy. Heavy wide based bowls that won't be tipped over are best or you can buy one that clips securely onto the crate wall.