Sarah Wilson

Dog Expert

New Puppy Checklist: 3 Ways to Contain

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New Puppy in PetMate CrateYour new puppy will need to be contained in easy-to-clean, hard-to-destroy areas. Every puppy does. You’ll need:

1) A crate  – for times when you are gone, cannot supervise, need to do other things or simply need a break (and, as hard as that may be to believe in your new-puppy-squeee enthusiasm, you will).

Right this instant, the ever-adorable young Button is in her crate because I need to write. This morning is not, as some mornings are, a quiet-chew-on-toys morning. This morning is a drag-a-sneaker-across-the-room, pull-the-cover-off-the-crate, chomp-on-my-yoga-pants, I-need-all-your-attention-right-now morning. We’ve played outside, she breakfasted from a Kong Wobbler, we’ve worked on Place and now I need a break from this bundle of canine cuteness.

This is the crate she is napping in: Petmate Ultra Vari Kennel

2) A gate (or two) to keep her where you need her. Right now I am using a walk-thru gate between my back room and the dining room/kitchen and then a ex-pen across the wide opening between my dining room and my living room.

Having lived and used many gates in my years doing this, I am a fan of the walk-thru gates available today. Here’s what I am currently using: North States Supergate Easy Close Metal Gate

The open ex-pen across the opening happens to be a 42″ tall one, which is overkill, but it’s what I happened to have available. What works for you will vary and, if you prefer a gate, there are extra wide ones that should work.

3) A car crate. No puppy should ride loose. That can seem harmless but I know a man in NY who died when his yorkie pup ran under his feet while he was driving. In the distraction that followed, the man totaled his car and paid with his life. So, do us all a favor and contain your dog.

Take a look at this three-door option that should make it accessible in any car it fits into.

Pip wears a car safety harness when she is not crated in my car, but I don’t recommend them for puppies. Seat belts are, as experience has taught me, appealing and expensive chew items. Oh, and so is a  fabric crate. Those are great for travel with adult dogs but are really expensive chew toys and impossible to really clean out containers for a pup.

Now you know!

I’d love to hear about your new puppy below. 🙂



One Comment

  1. Holly!!!!! I don’t think I could survive a puppy without a crate or 2 and gates!

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