How to Crate Train a Puppy

Dogs, mostly the young puppies, can create trouble, from chewing your favorite pair of shoes to soiling the carpet.

Dont worry, crate training will help protect you and your possessions. It can be useful in a variety of situations.

If you have a new dog or puppy, a crate will allow you to limit access to the house. It is also the safest and most convenient way to transport your dog in the car.

Crate training can take lots of effort and time, but when you properly train your dog to use the crate, then he will feel like the crate is his home, a safe place where he can spend time when he wants to.

If you want to start crate training a dog, then this article is for you. It will be the answer of all your questions. This is an approved stress-free process of crate training. It’s imperative to make sure your puppy always associates with a positive experience. We are going to share an exact process to crate train a puppy.

The crate training process

1. Buy the perfect crate

Now, this is like your selecting a house for your dog, so be careful. It should be large enough for him to stand up in, lie down and turn around comfortably.

Crates are available in multiple designs made of all kinds of materials, such as plastic crates, which are also called flight kennels or Vari kennels, metal pens, and collapsible, and metal crates, which are mostly indestructible, unless of course the metal is not thin at all.

At the time of purchase, keep in mind that your dog will grow, so purchase a crate which is appropriate for your dog’s expected full-grown size.

2. Show your dog his new home

You should put the crate in an area of your house where you spend many hours, and for additional comfort you should put a soft blanket or towel in the crate.

Now bring your dog near to the crate and talk to him in a soft, cheerful tone. Make sure the crate is securely fastened open, and then encourage your dog to enter the crate, but don’t force him to go in.

Sometimes dogs will take a few hours to enter a crate for the first time. You can also entice her by placing her favorite food or toys in the crate.

3. Start feeding your dog his meals in his new house

Now once your dog enters the crate and starts to enjoy being in it, then feed him his regular meals in the crate.

For a dog that will not easily accept the crate, put his meals near to the crate, and then eventually inside, and he should eventually go in without fear.

When your dog starts enjoying the crate, feeling comfortable in it, you can try closing the door. You should open the door only after a short time, 2 to 3 minutes, and then each successive time leave the door closed a few minutes longer.

4. Increase the uses of the crate

When your dog starts to spend more than 30 minutes in her crate without getting anxious or afraid, then you can begin to increase the period.

You can now leave her in the crate for short periods when nobody is home. It’s a good idea to leave her with some of her favorite toys.

Ideally your dog should not be left alone in the crate for more than four to five hours in the daytime. During the night longer periods are more acceptable.

5. Start using the crate at night

We do recommend that you put your crate in your bedroom or nearby in a hallway because he may need to go outside to eliminate during the night, so it’s good to have your puppy within hearing distance.

After a few days your dog should start to sleep comfortably at night. And when your dog is more comfortable, you can move the crate to a more preferred location in your house. Just remember that your dog may cry inside the crate during nighttime at first, so be prepared for that.

It is not recommended that you leave a puppy in his crate all day, as like humans, he also needs bathroom brakes, and some time of playing, eating and general moving around.

Every dog wants her house to be a place where only happy, peaceful things happen, so you should never use the crate as a punishment.

Keep in mind that your dog will not learn everything at once. Learning will take at least a few days and maybe a few months. Consider the above simple advice and techniques. Be assured that it is possible that your dog will start loving his crate for years to come.

That’s about everything you should know when you start the crate training of your dog. All the information shared in this article should equally apply to all the breeds of dog. We hope this article is helpful for you. Stay connected with us for useful information on other pet-related topics.

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