Puppy Crate Training
Crate training is important for your new husky puppy. A crate is your husky’s very own confinement that gives your puppy the feel of security. It’s also very effective for housebreaking and quite effective when your husky puppy is cases of illness of travel.
Huskies view of the crate is like their very own room, or safe “den” instincts that they have acquired from their ancestors. When you’re not available to supervise your husky puppy, leaving him in the crate could in fact strengthen your relationship by preventing unwanted behavior and at the least give your husky puppy some feeling of security.
For the most part, husky puppies get accustomed to the crate fairly quickly without any signs of frustration. You can crate train your husky when you first get him. Your husky puppy may cry at first, but not because of the crate, but because of an unfamiliar household. That should pass quickly, and your husky puppy will be back to normal in no time.
Advantages of Crate Training
Crate training your husky puppy will ultimately give you that piece of mind that your husky isn’t destroying your home, learning bad habits, or feels insecure while you’re gone.
Housebreaking can be easier on your side since husky puppies will instinctively never soil their dens, so that will only mean that they will wait for you to take them somewhere to soil.
Keeping your husky puppy in a crate while driving or traveling is not only better for your safety, but also will prevent your husky puppy from running off and getting lost, or getting in some sort of accident.
Huskies love having security and privacy at their den that they can always go back to whenever they’re stressed, tired, etc.
Retrieving to the crate after you scared your husky puppy because of some problem; your husky will be able to deal with the fear and confusion much easier.
Your husky puppy will get accustomed to the crate and won’t have that much of a problem changing locations as long as he has his own security place of his own. This will give you the ability to take your husky puppy out more often rather than having him stay in the crate alone all day.
Buying a Husky Crate
You can purchase a crate for your husky from a pet store, pet supply catalogs, or department stores. I would recommend getting a wired crate with a removable floor pan. You also have the option of getting a plastic one; however, some dogs tend to chew on plastic so it’s really up to you.
The create size should be enough for your husky puppy to completely stretch, stand up completely, and stretch out on its side. Make sure the create floor is smooth and comfortable for your puppy.
Avoid getting a crate too large as your puppy will eliminate on one side of the crate and sleep on the other. Use a piece of cloth or a washable crate pad for your husky to sleep on. Depending on the size of your puppy, the cost of a crate is anywhere between $40 and $130. This is much less expensive than replacing a sofa or a new carpet.
Where to Put the Husky Crate
Huskies are social, so place the crate where your puppy can be next to the family members such as the living room, dining room, kitchen, etc. Place the crate in your room at night so you know when your husky puppy needs to go.
Crating Your Husky Puppy
If the puppy starts barking and or whining, avoid rewarding your puppy attention if you’re sure he doesn’t need to eliminate. Only after your puppy stopped barking and whining you can go and take him out of the crate and give attention. Never keep your puppy in the crate for longer than he can wait to eliminate, which should be no longer than 4 hours at a time.
If you must be gone for longer than usual, place the crate in an enclosed area such as the bathroom or the laundry room with its door open. Place a newspaper next to the crate so that you can clean up after your puppy has eliminated.
Children must not use the crate as a playhouse and the puppy should not be pestered as they like their privacy and security of the crate.