How to Crate Train A Puppy The Right Way?
Crate training your puppy is likely to be a frustrating experience if it is your first time. That being said, knowing the steps to train your puppy effectively can make the process much easier for both you and your puppy. Below, we will be going over a step by step process that you can utilize to crate train your puppy the right way effectively.
How to Crate Train Your Puppy?
1. The Introduction – Introduce Your Dog to The Crate
First, you will want to introduce your dog to the crate. This step is designed to get your dog comfortable with their brand-new crate.
Ideally, you want to place the crate somewhere the dog is already comfortable being in. Usually, this will be an area where you and the rest of your family spend a lot of time.
After all, your dog will be much more comfortable when they are around their family. Along with this, you want to place a familiar blanket in the crate. Better yet, you can put a blanket that one of the dog’s family members uses, so a familiar scent is with them while they are being introduced to the crate.
You should bring your puppy over to the crate and allow them to sniff and inspect it. You want the crate’s door to be secured in a way that won’t frighten your puppy.
If they get hit by the crate door or if the crate door moves when they least expect it, you might scare your puppy. During this entire process, you should be feeding your puppy all kinds of treats and giving them praise.
The best way to get them to enter the crate is by placing their favorite treats in the crate. This will encourage the puppy to enter the crate, and they will be rewarded for doing so. If your puppy responds better to toys, you can always substitute the treats for his or her favorite toy.
2. Feed Your Dogs Meals in The Crate
Once your dog is properly introduced to the crate, you will want to feed your dog’s meals while in the crate. Ideally, you want to feed every meal in the crate during the training process, so they begin to associate the crate with a lot of positive emotions. You can alter how far you place the dog’s dish in the crate, depending on how they respond. If they are fearful of entering too far, you could always adjust to place it near the entrance and as they become increasingly comfortable, move it further inside.
You should bring your puppy over to the crate and allow them to sniff and inspect it.
3. Practice with Longer Crating Periods
Once your dog has shown that he or she is comfortable with entering the crate, you will want to begin to crate them for longer periods of time. The best way to ensure that you minimize the anxiety is by crating them during periods at which their family is home. That way, they won’t have to deal with separation anxiety while they are getting accustomed to the crating process. Throughout this process, you should be using a ‘crate’ command which he or she will associate with entering the crate. Like the introduction phase, you will want to reward and praise your puppy for listening continually.
During this phase, you will want to sit by the crate to comfort your puppy and leave for short periods of time. Each time you leave, you should be increasing the time as they begin to feel increasingly comfortable.
4. Crate Train Your Dog When You Leave
You can generally begin to leave your puppy crated once they show signs of being comfortable with you gone for around 30 minutes to a full hour. You can tell if your puppy is comfortable by listening and seeing if he or she whines and cries while in the crate.
To do this, you will want to reward your dog for obeying the crate command, and by giving them some toys that they will be able to play with while you are gone.
Some safe toys that you can leave in your dog’s crate would be a toy that cannot be destroyed. Ideally, you want to crate them for shorter periods until they get fully accustomed to the crate.
Instead of hugging your puppy when you are leaving and getting them worried and anxious, you should reward and praise your puppy for getting into the crate and leave without really saying goodbye as it will only increase separation anxiety. You will want to continue to use the crate while you are at home, so your puppy doesn’t begin to associate the crate with being alone.
5. Crate Train Your Dog at Night
When using the crate at night, you will want to apply the same principle to ensure that they are comfortable. Try to place your dog’s crate near your bedroom. That way, they don’t feel alone.
Puppies will require frequent trips to the bathroom throughout the night, and you will want to be able to hear your puppies pleas to go outside during the night. Once your dog feels entirely comfortable to stay in the crate at night, you will be able to adjust where you keep the crate.
Overall, crate training doesn’t have to be too difficult. As long as you follow the critical steps above, you should be able to achieve success.
You can’t rush the processes involved with crate training!
Every dog is likely to respond differently. The key is introducing the crate properly, making your puppy feel comfortable in and around the crate, and by having them associate the crate with only good things.
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