Why crate train you Polish Lowland Sheepdog? It seems so cruel. No longer is this believed to be true. It is totally the way to go for many reasons and your PON breeder may have additional ones.
1. The PON puppy has a place of his own...a refuge where he is safe and secure.
2. Housebreaking is much easierwhen crate training your puppy.
3. The puppy cannot get into poisons, wires, etc. while you are away from the house.
4. Some hotels will accept crate trained dogs when others may not be welcome.
5. Restaurants may find a cool place a place for your dog while you are on vacation.
6. You know your puppy will be safe while you sleep at night.
What size crate do you need? The dog should be able to stand up and turn around. Too large a crate will make housebreaking more difficult as the pup will quickly set up areas to sleep, areas to eat, play, go potty, etc. If you want to buy an adult crate, petition it off to the proper size and let it expand as the pup grows. Keep the right size kennel to allow quick and easy potty training.
Always have water in the crate. When housebreaking you may have to remove water from late evening until morning. Stainless steel pails hung on hardware hooks work well. Make sure they have a safe toy and a little blanket if they want it.
There are several nevers.
1. Do not force your puppy to go in. Food as a bribe started young works well. Use a command such as "House" and "Cookie" and he will learn to fly in for a treat.
2. Never use the crate as a punishment. It should remain a safe home and refuge.
3. Never leave you pup or dog in there for an unreasonable length of time. They need to be out exercising , playing and being part of the family.
4. Never want to start crate training.An older dog will not adjust to the crate in the way a young pup will or may never adjust. By age two you may want to put the crate away. Some people may use the bottom half as a future bed.