Easy Tips to help your Puppy Love his new Dog Crate

Easy Tips to help your Puppy Love his new Dog Crate

Article by Corina L Herron

Crate Training can be a huge asset in all the stages of your puppies life.

Your puppy & your family will thank you for providing a safe and secure place for him to sleep and grow. Crates can be a really positive thing for a puppy; they provide a quiet place when your puppy needs a rest, a safe place to go when the family is busy or unable to watch puppy closely for a time. Also, they are a great tool for house-training because dogs don’t like to potty where they sleep and eat. And, when traveling within the car or for pups that have to fly on a plane, inside a dog crate is probably the safest place to ride. The crate provides your puppy with the sense of home.

Making Pups Comfortable With the Dog Crate

– It is important to start out early when establishing the dog crate in your puppies life. He should be sleeping in his dog crate on the first day he arrives home with the family. Line the crate with a soft blanket, put in some small treats, and then show the puppy how to get in.

-Once your puppy has figured out how to go in and out of his crate, and has satisfied his curiosity about it, use a cue word, such as “kennel,” as he moves toward it, and hand him a treat as soon as he enters. You may have to place puppy in the dog crate while saying the cue word for the first few weeks. Then, when he is a little older and is used to hearing this word, he will begin to go in the dog crate when told to. At the early stages it is important to use the dog crate only for napping/ sleeping and short intervals of leaving puppy alone while you leave the house. The more interaction you have while puppy is awake, the easier it is to potty train him, or aversion train him (when chewing on something he isn’t supposed to), because you will be right there to stop or correct the behavior right away.

-Your puppy WILL cry and bark in the beginning of Crate training. This is NORMAL. The best and quickest way to stop this behavior is to ignore it. Puppies are very smart, if you respond to their cries right away, they learn to cry more. If you can ignore the noise, and only open the dog crate after puppy has stopped crying- you are already half way through successful crate training. This does not cause the puppy any distress or hurt, in fact it will help him to feel safer and secure in his new home. Then the dog crate becomes their own little house right within your home.

-Once your puppy is willing to rest in the crate, you can start confining him for varying periods of time, and at different times of the day, while you’re at home. The more random and persistent you are, the less he will worry when you do have to leave the house. With this kind of routine, your puppy will learn to feel at home, relaxed and comfortable in his own little den.

*Important reminder- if your puppy is a mini or small breed, weighing less than 2 lbs. It is important to feed them every 3-4 hours until they are capable of free feeding on their own. The controversy of not putting food or water in the dog crate does not apply to these tiny dogs. The risk of low blood sugar and life threatening complications far outweigh the possibility of the puppy messing in his dog crate.*

About the Author

Having been in the Veterinary and Rescue business for well over 24 years, I have had the opportunity to rescue all kinds of animals. From squirrels, newborn kittens to a 50lb Labrador and more. They all need a safe place, either to recover from an injury or to protect them while they grow old enough for adoption. It is my passion to use my experience and knowledge to help provide information that others can benefit from in their own lives.

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