Should my puppy have a crate?

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Our question this week was:

Should my puppy have a crate?

Absolutely! Crate training should begin the moment you bring the young pup home. As you walk in the door, pup in arms, the crate should be there, properly equipped, as a retreat for the youngster from that day forward. If the pup's acclimation to his new crate is performed thoughtfully and patiently, there is no reason that your pup's crate should not become its friend for life. However, if mistakes are made at this critical time, a puppy and, then later the grown up dog, can come to loath and detest this small space that should have become his home.

You may want to read this article on how to prevent common crate training problems.

Our question this week came from Brenda S. in Chicago, Illinois.

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