Secrets to Crate Training Puppies
With my first puppy, I did not crate train her. I had all sorts of behavioral issues with her that I later learned that with crate training all bad behaviors could have easily been avoided. I used to think that if I confined my puppy to one area while I was gone was in a way cruel. I thought my puppy would have a better time adjusting to his new surroundings if she roamed free. Yup, I was wrong.
There are so many benefits to crate training puppies. Not only does your furniture, carpet and anything else in your home stays in tack, your puppy is less likely to develop Separation Anxiety, it makes potty training more successful, and prevents your puppy from getting hurt with dangerous household objects.
Plus, your new little puppy has a specific spot to feel safe when he or she feels vulnerable. Crate training puppies really helps your dog has separation anxiety. Check out 3 Simple Ways to Help Your Puppy Deal with Separation Anxiety.
Supplies You Need to Crate Training Puppies Successfully
- Bedding-Make sure it’s comfortable AND durable. Make your little puppy can’t tear it to shreds or ingest it.
- Water-Use a sturdy water dish that your energetic little puppy can’t turn over.
- Chew Toys-Use appropriate dog chew toys. Try chew toys that you can fill with food like a Kong. Your dog can spend hours on this thing as well as stimulate his mind.
- Crate-Depending on your personal choice of style, you can get a crate in durable plastic form or a mesh wire. Keep in mind that the most important part is the size, make sure your puppy has plenty of room. Ask yourself if crate training puppies who grow to be huge will fit in that little thing?
Now that you have all the supplies, question is, how do you get your dog inside? Number 1 tip-NEVER NEVER force your puppy inside. What you want to happen is for your dog to see the crate as his safe haven, and if you force or rush crate training, your puppy will only associate negative feelings with his crate.
That is the last thing you want to happen. Make sure your puppy goes inside on his own terms, not yours. Here are some tips on crate training puppies who show anxiety when it comes to their crate.
- Put the crate in a room where you and your puppy bond and leave the crate door open.
- Entice your puppy with tasty treats around the crate. Encourage your puppy, especially when he steps inside the crate! Remember, don’t force your puppy in.
- Feed all your puppy’s meals inside the crate. (Really effective crate training puppies tip)
- Put your dog’s favorite objects inside (blanket and toys)
- Once your dog is comfortable with his crate, it’s time to adjust your puppy to being inside his crate with the door CLOSED. This may be a little harder.
- Start with 10 second increments with the door being closed. Feed your puppy treats through the crate. Make sure not to rush this part. Your dog may get panicky with the door shut. By slowly adjusting the amount of time your puppy has with the door shut, the closer you are too successful crate training.
- Now that your puppy can be in his crate with the door close, the next step is for a short period of time, leave the room. The first test is when you can leave your puppy his crate overnight (next to your bed of course).
TIP: If your puppy whines or seems upset, you are moving too fast. For your puppy’s sake, remember not to rush crate training!
What to do if your puppy is having a difficult time adjusting to his new crate?
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