How to Set Up a Crate for a New Puppy

As with every new arrival, you must make changes in the home. Find out how to set up a space for your new puppy.

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
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Question: We’re planning on getting a new puppy. How should we set up a crate for her?

Answer: Your puppy’s crate, pen, or tethering spot should be a pleasant space that includes a chew toy, a comfortable bed, and a source of water. Remember, puppies need a lot of rest. If your little friend gets enough exercise, training, and affection, and has had a recent toilet break, he’s likely to spend most of his crate or playpen time sound asleep.


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About the Author

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Jolanta holds professional certifications in both training and behavior counseling and belongs to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also volunteered with Pet Help Partners, a program of the Humane Society of the United States that works to prevent pet relinquishment. Her approach is generally behaviorist (Pavlovian, Skinnerian and post-Skinnerian learning theory) with a big helping of ethology (animal behavior as observed in non-experimental settings).