So, you are thinking about adding a Newfoundland puppy to your home, but are you truly ready for all this amazing breed has to offer? Newfies are a very large, powerful breed that can take over your home if you are not careful. These dogs have an outstanding temperament and are fiercely loyal to their families. However, their main tactic lies in using their sheer size to scare predators away rather than actually attacking.
Crate training is almost a necessity with Newfoundlands, as they can become quite destructive in their own way if you leave them alone with a full run of your home. Like most other dog breeds, Newfies have a natural instinct to find a den. All you are doing is taking advantage of this instinct and using it to train your dog to see the crate as his home.
Bear in mind that Newfies have a very strong independent streak. This can make them more challenging to train than many other breeds. The main purpose of crate training is to teach your pup to see his crate as his "den." In the wild, your Newfie would seek out a cave or overhanging trees, or even an old building to create his den, a safe place to sleep, get out of the weather, raise a litter, and hide from his enemies.
In your home, you will be training your pup to see his crate in much the same way. In time, he will come to see the crate as his den. A place he goes when you have to go out, a place to sleep at night, and in some cases, a place he can go to when he feels like he just needs to get away for a bit of peace and quiet. Just remember, you should never use the crate as a form of punishment. Doing this will make your pup resistant to going inside, which will negate your training efforts.
Your Newfie may start out as an oversized puppy, but by the time he reaches his full adult size, he might be as big as 29 inches tall and weigh in at around 130 to 150 pounds. This means you will need to buy two different crates, one for use while he is a pup and one you can use once he starts to grow into his final size.
In either case, you need to turn the crate into a nice cozy den for your pup. Add wall to wall carpeting, a bed, several soft and chew toys for him to play with, and a water bottle or other source of water. You may even want to create a more den-like feel by covering the crate with a blanket. Since Newfies are more attuned to living in the cold, be careful not to place the crate near a source of heat. You can crate train any age Newfoundland, but the older you let your pup get, the harder it will be.