Crate training your puppy can be a rewarding experience for both you and your puppy. Puppies under the age of 9 weeks of age have very little control over their bodily functions so you will want to start the crate training after the puppy turns 9 weeks of age.
Dogs have a natural reluctance to soiling their sleeping area so crating will help you train your puppy to warn you when it needs to relieve itself. While dogs have this reluctance, your puppy will very likely make some mistakes during the initial training period or if the owner leaves the puppy inside the crate for a longer period of time than the puppy can refrain from relieving itself.
When this happens, do not discipline your dog, but instead, clean out the cage and use a odor neutralizing product to rid the crate of the smell.
To start the crating process, do not force your puppy into the crate or kennel. Use treats to coax your new puppy into the crate. Hide treats on the inside of the crate and make a game of the process, making this a positive experience for your dog.
When the puppy has gotten used to the crate, you may then start using the crate when it is bedtime, when the owner must leave the house and while traveling by car or other vehicle. At this time, you will now close and latch the door to the crate.
Make sure to praise your puppy and give the puppy a small treat when you close the door to the crate. When the puppy becomes used to the crating process and is comfortable with the door being closed, you may substitute the edible treat with a ball or other toy.
Crate training your puppy is not only a good way to toilet train your puppy but also is a way to ensure your dog’s safety from the dangers both inside and outside of your residence while still a puppy. While you don’t want your dog to spend the greatest portion of it’s day in the crate, the crate can protect your dog from many common dangers that lurk in the average household such as pesticides, cleaning products, house plants, and food products that are also not pet friendly.
To prepare for crate training your new puppy, make sure you have gotten the right size crate for your new addition. You puppy should be able to stand up on all falls without touching the ceiling of the crate and also be able to turn completely around while in the crate. Make sure to have clean bedding in the crate and install a suitable water container from which the dog can drink but will not cause a mess in the cage. These are available in most pet supply shops. Since your dog will certainly increase in size, be prepared to replace the crate with a larger sized crate during the first year of life.
By following these few simple suggestions, crate training your puppy will be a positive experience for both you and your new puppy.
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