The outside world is a very different world for a dog, who doesn’t understand it, and it can be very stressful for them. This is when crate training can come in handy. Crate training takes advantage of your dog’s natural instinct to seek shelter, safety and comfort. It eliminates confusion and helps your dog to feel more comfortable and confident. You will find the following steps to crate train a puppy beneficial for you to get started with your crate training program.
How To Crate Train A Puppy
Crates come in all different shapes and sizes. The best option is a wire crate. Even if you’re using a plastic crate, there is a version made of metal. It should be smooth, but also make sure there are no sharp edges.
The ideal place to establish the crate is in an area that is easy to clean, but at the same time comfortable for the dog. They can be placed either near a chair or a table, basically anywhere that your puppy can be a member of the family. If you’re using a wire crate, secure the top as well as the door. This will make it more difficult for your puppy to make a mess while inside. Don’t scold and punish him for accidents in his cage.
Make sure that your crate has just enough space for your dog to turn around, but not so big that he can use the space for his potty. Place his favorite chew toys in the crate so that he’ll find it a nice and cozy place to be in.
Ensure your dog has been on a food schedule and that he has slept for a sufficient length of time before you require him to go to his crate. When you put him in the crate, give him a food reward and a bit of pampering, such as a belly rub. Don’t close the door at first, let him get use to his new “home”. Use the words “crate” when putting your dog into the crate, and once he’s in, never remove him from the crate straight away. Let him stay in the crate for an hour or so. This will train him to think of the crate as his home.
When your dog is used to his crate, start feeding him in his crate. At first, leave the door open and allow him to eat convenience. Sit by the crate and let him eat by himself.
The ideal time for beginning crate training is when your dog is a puppy. At this early stage, the most important thing you can do is to set a schedule and make sure you stick to it.
Dogs need to relieve themselves about 18 times a day, so you need to be aware of your dog’s potty schedule and let him out of his cage when he needs to go. The length of time between potty calls and the time he actually relieving himself will vary (because of different dogs’ bladder sizes) and will take somewhat different training methods. Puppies obviously need to be taken out more often.
I would suggest to take your puppy outside to pee every hour, preferably after eating or drinking and after sleeping. Most puppies will need to go for potty more often. The time will come when he will no longer bother you, and will go for his potty on his own. Just remember to keep to the schedule and you’ll be on your way to crate training success.
When crate training, especially for a puppy, take them outside to the same spot every time and reward them for going in that spot. It is not necessary to always use the same cue words such as “Go potty”, other common words can also be used for potty.
If you happen to see your dog doing the wrong thing and you can’t stop him, don’t scold him! Instead, remove him from the area and place him in a different spot so that he learns that he has to find another spot to relieve himself.
Crate your puppy, but only leave him in the crate for a short period of time. You would want your puppy to feel secure in his crate, and don’t want to use it as a form of punishment.
NEVER punish your puppy by putting him in the crate. If you do, this will create a fearful and negative relationship between you and him. Punishment will only make your puppy scared of the crate, instead of staying.
It is important to always praise your puppy when he exhibit signs of learning. I make this a habit, and it works. House training a puppy by using a crate can take longer than usual, but it is well worth it.
Putting your puppy (or dog) in a crate is not cruel, but may give you a opportunity to watch him while you supervise and perhaps assist him to get used to his new environment.
Remember that puppies are babies. They are still not ready to learn about the world. Always lavish them with love and attention, and be patient and persistent, You will help your puppy to become independent, and he will show more confidence and develop a sense of self.