Crate puppy training often seems very confining to some people, but it definitely has its advantages for you and for your dog. It creates an enclosure like atmosphere many dogs need and enjoy. It provides with a routine they will become used to and want, such as bedtime, they have their own space and like it once use to the routine. It is also a housebreaking tool since dogs do not like to use their sleeping space as a potty place.
A crate also provides the dog with a place of his own and helps make him feel more secure which in turn reduces separation anxiety, and thus prevents the destructive behavior of being alone.
Crate training also makes travel a lot easier. It can be very difficult to transport your dog to the vet, but if they are trained to the crate already, they are much more docile on the journey. The crate is also extremely helpful for vacations if you choose to take your dog with you, and also much more secure for the dog.
When beginning your crate training keep in mind that puppies have much less control of their bladders then older dogs. Consequently, they may have accidents to start with, but NEVER punish them for an accident in their crate. They will get better as they get older. Remember it is easier to clean up the crate then the whole house.
Dogs are very adaptable to a crate when started young and it will save your house from becoming their playground and their potty.
How to Crate Train
1. To start your puppy getting used to the crate, put a soft, fuzzy blanket in there for them to sleep on. Work on enticing him to enter the crate at different times throughout the day. You may want to try using food to get him to enter on his own.
2. Paise the puppy for entering the crate and make it seem like a treat for him to be in there. At night you will need to shut him in the crate of course, and he may bark, to begin with, but he will get used to the routine. You may want to place the crate next to your bed, to begin with, so he knows you are with him.
3. When beginning the training, crate the puppy for short periods of time. This gives the puppy a chance to get used to the crate and prevents the puppy from having accidents during housebreaking also. After the puppy has been in his crate, be sure to take him outside to potty, enabling you to do two types of training at once.
4. When enticing the puppy into the crate, always use the same name for the crate, so the puppy learns the command correctly. For example, call the crate his bed, and say “get in bed”, or better yet just the one work command “bed”. Remember repetition, always use the same command.
Although the crate may seem like an unnecessary expense when you purchase a puppy, it will become very cheap when it prevents your puppy from chewing the furniture or shoes. It will also save you money on carpet cleaning since puppies take some time to housebreak.
If you don’t have a crate you can purchase one and begin your dog crate training today!