Crate training your puppy
Why crate train?
1. To manage a puppy’s well being and safety.
2. Dog’s are “den dwelling descendants” and love a place to call their own!
3. House-training simplified!
4. Prevents unwanted chewing.
5. Separation anxiety.
6. Keeping puppy safe from household poisons and dangers.
Introducing your puppy to the crate.
1. Make the crate inviting to your new puppy. You should include a soft, comfy bed, some toys and some treats.
2. Put a new enticing toy inside the crate while your puppy is outside. He will soon be begging to get in. Once in, give your puppy lots of praise and hugs!
3. Once your puppy goes into the crate, close the door and hand him some tasty treats through the gate.
4. Build up the amount of time your puppy spends in the crate slow. Start off with just a few minutes each day.
5. Place the crate in an area where he can see you and still spend time with you.
6. Start using a cue word such as “Crate” or “Bed time”.
7. Always remove your puppy’s collar so that it does not get caught on anything inside and harm him.
8. Never crate your puppy for more than 4-5 hours after he is completely crate trained. If you work an 8 hour day or longer try to come home at lunch to let him out or hire a dog walker or pet sitter for a potty break.
9. Dogs that are crated will need plenty of exercise when you are home and a lot of stimulation.
10. Don’t crate your puppy only when leaving. He will soon start associating the crate with you leaving. Crate him while you are at home several short times throughout the day and make sure you give him lots of praise and attention when he does well.
11. Do not give in to your puppy while he’s crated and begins to cry and yelp. If you do, then you will be rewarding the behavior which he will continue to do to be let out. You will have big troubles on your hands trying to correct this behavior. Try shortening the time you crate him while practicing and give him treats, praise and toys.
12. Remember that your puppy’s crate is a Happy Place! Never, never crate your puppy for punishment!
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