How to crate train your puppy

Puppies don't naturally like being on their own and this can lead to anxiety and destructive behaviour. Crate training helps your puppy to feel at home, even when you're not there.

Jack Russell Terrier puppy sleeping on a soft blanket

Why is crate training important?

When left alone puppies can experience frustration, anxiety and fear, all of which can cause unwanted behaviours. When done well, crate training can reduce these unwanted behaviours and offer your puppy a reassuring and relaxing environment.

Dalmatian puppy sleeping indoors

What are the benefits of crate training?

There are many good reasons to crate train your puppy:


Crate training is a good way to limit your puppy’s access to the house before they learn the house rules


Once comfortable in their crate, your puppy can be safely left overnight, or alone at home


When familiarised with the crate, your puppy no longer feels anxious or abandoned when left on their own


Soiling, chewing and destructive behaviour is reduced


Your puppy has a place all of their own where they feel safe, so they can retreat at any time


You can use the crate to easily transport your puppy to the vets or other places

Dachshund puppy sitting indoors on a blanket

How to choose a crate?

Crates come in all shapes and sizes. The main thing to remember is that the crate should be large enough for your puppy to stand up and turn around in, now and as an adult.

Puppy training and play

Learning and play are vital to puppy development and provide them with an understanding of the rules of life. Training should start as early as possible whilst your puppy naturally has an excellent capacity for learning.

Training your puppy
Dachshund puppies playing in black and white
Dachshund mother and puppies in black and white on a white background

How to socialise a puppy

Socialisation is one of the most important steps in ensuring your puppy grows into a well-balanced, confident adult. It's never too early to start gently introducing your pet to new experiences, people and animals.

Socialising your puppy