If you are reading this, you have probably heard of crate training and want to know how to crate train your puppy. It is actually quite easy and your puppy will appreciate it. Dogs like the security and safety that a â€œdenâ€ provides and the crate serves as a â€œdenâ€ for them.
Crate training your puppy helps you with house training and housebreaking because dogs will not â€œmessâ€ in their den unless there is simply no where else to go. Crate training also helps establish you as the â€œalphaâ€ dog which, in turn, helps you train your puppy.
There are two steps in crate training.
1. Select A Crate
A crate is simply a confined area. A box isnâ€™t good because your puppy can not see what is going on around him/her. A wire crate is best because your puppy can see, smell, and hear what is going on around him/her and adjust to you and your family. Also, the crate needs to have a lock.
You need to select a crate that is not too small or too large. A crate is too small if your puppy cannot stand up and turn around in it. A crate is too big if your puppy can roam around in it. If the crate is too big, your puppy will pick a corner in which to â€œmessâ€ and sleep in another corner. This will make house training and housebreaking difficult. Ideally, the crate needs to be big enough for your puppy to stand up in and stretch, but not big enough for your puppy to move around in very much.
You need to furnish the crate with a soft place for your puppy to lay down. Put some water and play toys in it.
2. Crate Training
At first, put a dog treat in the crate and encourage your puppy to go into the crate. Keep your puppy in the crate for only a few minutes (5 to 10 minutes) and then let him/her out. Do not make a fuss about either putting your puppy in the crate or letting your puppy out of the crate. Each time make the time in the crate a little longer. Your puppy needs to slowly adjust to being in the crate. Eventually, your puppy will be able to stay in the crate when you are not home and at night. But, remember that a puppy needs to go to â€œgo to the bathroomâ€ fairly often, so keep this in mind. Do not keep your puppy in a crate all day. Give your puppy time to exercise and to â€œgo to the bathroomâ€ outside.
Doâ€™s and Donâ€™ts
Do place the crate where your puppy can be a member of the family – where your puppy can see, smell and hear you and your family.
Do not make the crate a prison for your puppy or use it for punishment.
Do let your puppy out if it is obvious that your puppy needs to â€œgo to the bathroomâ€, but do not let your puppy out just because he/she is barking or fussing just to get out. Let your puppy out when he/she is being good. Otherwise, your puppy may think that he/she needs to bark or fuss in order to get out of the crate.
Do not make a fuss about putting your puppy in the crate or letting your puppy out of the crate.
In summary, crate training your puppy is easy. Select the proper crate and train your puppy. Crate training will be a benefit to both you and your puppy.