How To Crate Train Your Puppy

Crate Training Your Puppy

The goal of crate training is to have the crate be your puppy’s personal space, where it can sleep, relax, and feel at ease. Crate training can be a great help when you transport a dog.

You can decide to choose a plastic crate or a metal one. Many newer, metal crates are adjustable. In contrast, you would have to buy bigger plastic crates as your puppy grows if you decided to go with them. The benefit from plastic crates is that they are required by airlines. If you plan to travel frequently with your puppy by plane, then plastic would be ideal. Plastic crates also give a dog more privacy since they provide more cover.

The important thing to remember here before starting the whole training process is that you want your puppy to associate the crate with something that it likes. The length of time crate training takes can depend on a variety of factors such as breed, attitude, age, etc. Patience is key.

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The Process

1) Put the crate in an area where the puppy normally hangs around and leave the crate door open so the puppy is free to explore. You could also sit next to the crate to have your puppy come to where the crate is. To further encourage your dog into the crate, you could place familiar toys, blankets, treats, etc. inside.

2) Once your puppy becomes comfortable being inside the crate then proceed to start feeding him/her normally in there.  You can then work your way up to a couple of minutes of having the crate door closed while your puppy eats in there. Repeat this gradually incrementing the amount of time your puppy stays in the crate. Continue to leave the puppy in the crate for a while after it finishes its meal.

If your pup begins to whine, don’t release him/her until after the whining stops. If you release your pet during the whining, then they will associate whining with being let out of the crate. Perhaps shorten the length of time in the crate, if necessary. After all, dogs are meant to roam around and not be caged up for a prolonged

3) Once you begin to see your puppy stay for longer periods of time in the crate after eating (without whining), you can begin to just give treats instead of food for each time the puppy goes in the crate when you call them. You should stay with your pup for the first couple of times you try this and also give a treat after you release your pet.

You can work your way up to leaving your dog in the crate overnight. For puppies, it is recommended to leave them for shorter periods since their bladders are smaller. Remember to also start out by having the crate close to you and gradually moving it to where you desire.