Crates are growing more and more in popularity when it comes not only to training puppies but also as sleeping spaces for them. However, this is not any dog’s favorite place to be. Remember that most breeds love activity and freedom and therefore may not take as well to the confinement of crates. However, it does a lot for the pooch and so take it easy on yourself if you are worried that by leaving them in there overnight makes you a cruel person. It really does not.
First off, leaving a puppy in a crate helps them develop a sense of discipline.
It has a literal and psychological grounding effect. That way, even when they are throwing tantrums in the middle of the night they are restricted in terms of how much damage they can cause physically. With time, the restriction frustrates any attempts at unwanted behavior and actually has a surprising effect helping calm the dog down.
In addition to teaching them independence, letting your dog sleep in a crate could also offer them a sense of security. This comes in super handy when dealing with night time noisiness as a result of anxiety or phobias. The small spaces, if comfortable, offer a safe haven vibe that does wonders to calm your dog.
With all this in mind, you can let your puppy cry in their crate all night. It might hurt you at first but you can rest assured that it will all work out with time. Just make sure that the crate is comfortable enough to offer the pooch some freedom and not a constricting prison that worsens anxiety.
For new puppies, we recommend the MidWest iCrate Starter Kit. The spacious piece contains a polyester bed for comfort as well as a crate cover to make it more peaceful for the dog to fall asleep at night.