Roblin Animal Hospital
Unit 104-4910 Roblin (corner of Roblin and Dieppe)

Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday - 8:30am - 12:30pm

Roblin Animal Hospital/ Red River Spay & Neuter:

Crate Training


Why use a crate?

  • It is an excellent aid in housetraining.
  • It satisfies and takes advantage of a dog’s denning instinct.
  • It provides a safe place for dog to escape to (eg: from kids).
  • You can safely confine your dog when he is underfoot (decreasing stress for everyone).
  • You know the dog and your house will be safe when left alone.
  • The dog can be confined but not "banished" from the area.
  • It provides a safe way to travel/transport.
  • The dog will be more accepted when traveling (in hotels, etc).
  • The dog will be used to confinement in case of a vet stay.

Types of Crates

A choice of wire or plastic construction:


  • Great ventilation, easily collapsible.
  • May not provide enough security for some dogs.
  • Can throw a blanket over it unless dog sees it as a chew toy.


  • Some dogs feel more secure in the more enclosed area.
  • It is more difficult to see your dog.
  • Some are airline approved.


  • Should be large enough for the adult of the breed to fit in comfortably.
  • Dog should be able to stand up and turn around easily.
  • Too big and a puppy can eliminate in one corner and sleep comfortably in another.


  • Place in a family frequented area - kitchen, family room.
  • Place kennel in bedroom at night.

Crate Training Process

  • Encourage your puppy or dog into the crate with treats, feed the dog its meals in it.
  • When that is accepted, close the door for a few seconds. Open the door and pet can come out if he chooses.
  • Gradually increase the time with the door closed.
  • Crate him at night, remembering that a puppy (esp. under 3 months) may need to be let out at night to eliminate.
  • Never let your pet out when he is barking or whining --this rewards inappropriate behavior.