Crate training your new puppy is one of the most important periods in the life of your puppy (from the first time he is born, to the time he turns 20 weeks old). It isn’t cruel to let your dog live in a crate, as long as you ensures that he is comfortable while in his crate.
My experience with crates has been very positive. One thing I noticed right away with my first dog was, when I left my dog in the crate, he didn’t try to get out! He rested in the crate and wait to be let out when he needed to relieve himself. Not only was this a big positive for me, it was a huge positive for him.
There are a couple of things you can do to make crate training your dog easier. Start with buying a crate that is only big enough for your dog to stand up, turn around and lie down.
The crate may be a wire or plastic type cage, or even a simple wire crate with draped wire screen. Most dogs will grow to “love” the crate (that they often known it as den) after being introduced to it.
The crate for your puppy should not be too small, as it will make him difficult to move around. It should also not be too big as it would create ample space for him to eliminate on one end of the crate.
Thus, get a crate that is of just right size for your puppy will be adequate as the space restriction will “force” him to hold his urine and feces while he is in the crate. Dogs will usually not soil on the place where he lives in.
An added advantage of crating a dog is that, by confining him to this safe space for a while, you are taking the advantage of his natural hesitancy to soil his den and at the same time helps you with his house training goal.
Dogs that are crate trained feel assurance that they have a safe place to call their own, and can stay in it without feeling anxious or frightened. This can help them resist soiling while in the crate, and thus help them learn to hold it while you are busy.
It is important to provide the crate with a comfy bed, and a variety of your dog’s favorite toys. The toys will provide your puppy some entertainment and will help to ward off his boredom while in the crate.
Training your dog to work willingly within the boundaries you set. The trick here is to make the crate a positive place, so let the your puppy takes part in dog obedience training.
Leave the crate’s door open, and toss a few treats into the back of the crate. Through a small door at the opposite side of the crate, use a command such as “Crate!” to get the dog to enter. Repeat this a few times, until your dog freely goes in and out of the crate without hesitation.
Use treats to encourage your dog to go inside the crate. The idea is that when he goes in, his reward is already in the crate, “waiting” for him. This is kind of like he is getting a treat for listening to your commands.
When you leave the house and you don’t want your puppy to be bored or “mess” up your home (chew on your furniture or eliminate anywhere in your house), you can put him in the crate with a treat. Don’t use anything that he might remember and become afraid of, such as a rope.
Your dog should be as comfortable as possible in his crate. Dogs are “den” animals, so this really should be his den area. If your dog has a choice, he will choose not to urinate or defecate in his den area and will hold it until you put him outside for potty.
When you put your dog’s crate out of the way, and allow him to walk around, it is important for your puppy to understand that there are boundaries in the house that need to be respected. You should never leave him unattended for long period of time. I wouldn’t even recommend leaving your puppy unattended for more than an hour.
Crate training is a process that requires patience and diligence, but it is necessary in order to properly raise your puppy. It is about taking control of your puppy’s environment, and teaching him that he needs to respect and accept the boundaries that you had established.
Crate training is one of the most effective ways to prevent problems with separation anxiety and it is also one of the best ways to potty train your puppy.
The key to successful crate training is to have patience, and to avoid being negative at all times. Before deciding to keep your dog in a crate at, be sure that he wants to be in it, and you should be making the crate, a pleasant environment for him to be in. A hostile environment will only result in your dog feeling more insecure, and may make him less receptive to crate training.
Training is very important, and will help to establish communication between you and your puppy. In the end, it’s all about training and crate training is a great way to get started, and to give your puppy a place that he can call his own.
Remember to stay consistent and persevere, no matter how frustrating it can be at times when training your new puppy. You will see the “fruits” of our handworks in time to come.