German Shepherd Puppy Training for Beginners – PART 1: Crate Training

There are so many benefits of crate training.

A crate can keep your pup safe when she sleeps at night or you need to be away for a short period. It also works hands in hands with housetraining by teaching your puppy to control her bladder because puppies have a natural tendency to keep their bed clean.

Key takeaways:

  • Puppies literally like dark and confined places because it makes them feel safe.
  • Ideally, the crate should be put inside your bedroom next to your bed
  • You might also have another crate placed in a room where people hang out in the house for the day
  • Do not leave your pup in the crate unattended for an extended period of time (e.g. 2 hours)

Watch this video from McCann Dog Training to learn about the importance of making the crate a fun, comfortable, and happy place for your puppy to love being in. 

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The best thing about the crate is to prevent destructive behavior before your dog mature. That said, the crate can be used until a German Shepherd reaches 3 years old. But chances are if you are successful in making the crate a place your dog loves to be in, it can be her favorite den for the rest of her life. So this is certainly a good investment.