Crate Training alternatives?

My mom and I are seriously considering getting a puppy. If we do get one, she will be a small breed (Yorkie, Maltese). We will be getting her from a shelter, not a breeder. I was wondering what some alternatives for crate training were. I have never liked the idea of crate training, because if I were a dog, I would just feel like my owner didn’t love me and was locking me up. I know you are supposed to make your puppy love her crate, but I can’t imagine anyone loving anything like that. I was wondering what some other methods of housetraining there were. For instance, I have been looking at this:

to put in my room to keep her in, with a bed and puppy pads. I know this wouldn’t work for housetraining, but what are some alternatives? I like the idea of the play pen (see link), but I don’t know how to factor housetraining into that. Thanks for any help you can give!

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9 Responses to “Crate Training alternatives?”

  1. azh25 says:

    Crate training is needed for many reasons. 1) Safety of your precious pooch while transporting in a car, plane, being kenneled at the vet.You do NOT want to have to need one and the pup freaks out because its not used to it. My lab thinks hers is her own private rest area and loves it. The door is almost always open.

  2. ndbball1 says:

    Crate training should not be a punishment for the dog. Their crate should be a safe place for them to go when they need to relax or are scared of something. I have two dogs(black lab and husky) and they both like their crates and sleep in them when they are open. If you are really against the idea though, small dogs don’t really need crates because they can be handled by humans much more then a bigger dog. Also, smaller dogs are more dependent on their owners than a bigger dog because small dogs don’t have the "pack" mentality.

  3. carthilus says:

    When I was a kid I used to love making forts and spending the day in there!
    Dogs naturally den, which means they actually find comfort in there little forts, it’s where they are safe and can relax!

    Sure a puppy is going to cry because it wants attention and so forth, but as long as you’re consistent and implement sound structure your puppy will grow to have great manners and enjoy it’s crate.

  4. ♥ Morgan ♥ says:

    That is a good idea!!
    I would buy that 🙂

  5. Tiffany R says:

    well i got a dog from a shelter and he was almost 9 months old and he is not house training at all so we have no choice but to keep him in a cage or outside and right now where i live it to cole to leave him out for long periods of time so i think that would be a good idea. but you need to have it where she can get in and out of it when you home b/c thats where she is gonna be look to potty just dont put the puppy pads by the bed cause they dont like to sleep/smell the pee/poop (would you?) just make sure you get a younger dog hope this helps

  6. HoneyPea © says:

    Crates are good for animals even a Vet will agree with crate training. Not just for housebreaking but you pet has a ‘safe’ place to go and pets will be so comfortable with the crate they will go in them on there own… and say if workers are coming to home you can safely crate your dog and no problems will arise. But crate training doesn’t mean keeping your pet locked in it all day either.

  7. Larysa says:

    you could just baby gate and area or leave her in a smaller tiled room, like a laundry room. Dogs sometimes become very anxious if left in a large area and can become destructive or nervous. House break the puppy so she/he can go outside to relieve itself

  8. ilikesugar:] says:

    What you are looking at is almost the exact same thing as a crate, and will serve the same purpose. Crates are a safe retreat for your dog when you can’t be home, or when you are sleeping.

    What you are doing is thinking that your dog will be a little person, which it is not. They don’t feel the same as we do. They don’t have the ability to reason.

  9. am4everyone says:

    I would use a play pen then with pee pads if you are going to train it indoors. If not, then use the pee pads in the playpen for any possible missed signs of the pup needing to go to the bathroom. Take the pup out on a schedule. Once you have the pup for awhile you will know how often it needs to relieve itself.

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