How to Crate Train a Puppy
Learning how to crate
train a puppy the correct way will help with your puppy's obedience training. By crate
training your puppy early in his life, you will be making it clear who is the alpha in the
Once your puppy is weaned, crate training your new puppy is probably one
of your first tasks, particularly if he is to be kept indoors much of the time.
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Crates provide puppies with their much needed sense of security. Understanding
what they are allowed to do while in the crate provides them with boundaries that will be very helpful in their
Although the main function of the crate is to contain your puppy and stop him from
messing up your house, it also gives him his own space. This is what makes puppies feel secure.
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Before crate training begins, you should make sure that your crate is strong and
of excellent quality. There are many different types available with wire crates being a good option. You should
select one that gives your puppy sufficient room to move around without being too large. It should also have a
A crate that is too large will not make your puppy feel that it is his sanctuary.
It should allow your dog to turn around but still make him feel that it is his own little "hidey-hole".
Puppies will not go potty in their own room. Crate training your puppy this way
will teach your puppy not to pee or poop inside the house. You should let your puppy get used to the crate for
short periods of time. A special toy or treat should be placed inside the crate.
Once your puppy is inside the crate and the door has been closed, you should
gently praise him for being a good dog. Initially, you should leave him in the crate for short periods of time,
eventually extending the period up to an hour. If your puppy whimpers in the crate, don't give in and let him out.
This will teach him that he will get his own way if he whimpers.
Over time, your puppy will begin to think of his crate as his sanctuary and may
choose to go in the crate for quiet times. If there are children in your home, often even the most boisterous dog
will need his quiet times. If you have learned how to crate train your puppy properly and have been consistent
in your training, your puppy will gladly go into his crate.
Never make your puppy think that the crate is punishment. Do not leave your dog in
the crate for long periods of time. By crate training your puppy the correct way, he will think of his time in
the crate as a positive experience. If your puppy whimpers when you go to let him out of the crate, talk to
him quietly before opening the door.
If you let him out while he is still whimpering, he will view this as a way to
exert power over you. You should be strong, encouraging and talk softly to him. As soon as he is calm, you should
let him out of the crate. Learning to crate train a puppy properly will ensure that you and your family enjoy a
happy co-existence with your new puppy.
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