Crate training your dog.
Why would you?
1. To make your dog comfortable in a controlled space where the dog can feel safe.
2. So you have a portable safe place for your dog to be at the vet, at training, at competition, at home.
3. You limit your dog's opportunity to get into trouble when you can't be paying attention.
4. A safe place for the dog to be if you lose your temper.
5. A safe place for the dog to be protected from other dogs and children.
6. Can assist with toilet training but will not work if you don't take the dog out enough times. Eg small puppies need two or three pit stops over night.
7. Help train your dog a stay and a release (go play) with really clear criteria.
Why wouldn't you?
1. To punish your dog for doing something naughty or destructive. They don't understand and you always want them to see the crate as a good place.
where to get a crate...
Dog Cages and Crates in Australia | Vebopet.com.au
or for the delux versions
K9+ Soft Dog Crates : Australia
You probably want to start with one that can't be chewed but some dogs will smash their teeth up on the wire mesh - so best to pay attention to how your dog deals with the crate.
Crate training articles:
Note: always get a pee/poop before you start crate training games. And take the dog out to pee/poop after you've finished the training too.
Crate Training : The Humane Society of the United States
RSPCA Victoria - Crate training your dog
Crate Training DVD by Susan Garrett:
(note for this one for a small puppy < 4 months old - do not try to get all of stage one done in one go - respect the puppy's ability to learn appropriate to its age - play for five minutes and then stop.)
Susan Garrett's Crate Games