What You Should Know About Crate Training Puppies

by on 25/10/10 at 8:02 am

There is so much to learn with a new puppy, but one essential thing is the art of crate training. Crate training puppies, though it may be difficult, makes a positive lifelong influence on the puppy if done the right way, and it makes things much easier for the new puppy owner. With anything, there are some right and wrong ways when going about it.

First, put the crate somewhere the puppy wants to be. If it is a large crate with room to grow for the puppy, block it off so it does not seem so massive to him when he is small. This can be done with cardboard boxes to fill the space or anything that can take up space without being a danger to the puppy. Then, as the puppy gets bigger, more space can be made by taking the box out. Keep a soft blanket and safe toy in the crate for the puppy’s comfort.

Another good rule is do not make it the puppy’s bathroom. An important rule in puppy training is to train the dog to go outside to the bathroom. It is not okay for him to use the crate. That is like going to the bathroom in the bedroom, and it will only teach bad habits. What this means is the owner (or someone else) needs to be available to take the puppy out enough times during the day.

As tempting as it is, do not leave food and water in the puppy’s crate when he is very young. Young puppies can actually drown in a water bowl, and more than likely, they will splash it everywhere. With food, they usually need to go to the bathroom right after eating, so it is not a good idea to leave them alone with food.

When crate training puppies, make the crate a place they can have as a safe spot. If things are getting too hectic in the house, let them go at their own will into the crate. Leave the door open whenever they are out of it so they can go inside. It should not be used as a punishment, though it is the spot to put them in if they are at risk or doing something they should not be.

Many dogs will still go to their crates way beyond their puppy years. Crate training puppies creates a feeling of security, so let them keep their crates if they find safety there. Otherwise, as soon as the puppy is old enough and well behaved enough to safely have the run of the house (usually he is a full fledged dog by this time), that crate can be packed up and saved for the next little guy!

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