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Getting started with crate training
If your puppy is not used to being in a crate, there will be a lot of crying and drama. They sense that they are being separated from their pack if they don’t have a positive association with their crate.
Your goal is to help your puppy understand their place. Dogs are den animals, but until they perceive their den as a safe sanctuary, they will feel isolated and vulnerable.
The biggest mistake new dog owners make is getting a big dog. Wanting to save a few bucks, they purchase one for the size they expect their pup will be as an adult. There are crates andkennels. The barriers can be removed as the animal grows.
A crate for a puppy or dog should be large enough for them to sit, stand up, and lie down. Puppies and adult dogs can sometimes soil in a crate that is too big. They may feel trapped if the crate is too small.
Your puppy will have a soft bed if you place a towel, pillow, or small blanket in the crate.
Getting your puppy into the crate
The crate should be placed in a dark area where there is little or no activity after dark. Hearing you buzzing around makes your puppy want to be with you.
Some people want their puppy in their bedroom. Young puppies might benefit from keeping the crate in their bedroom. There are positives and negatives to doing that.
Your puppy will get used to your nightly routine if you are nearby, and you may gain a sense of security if you are nearby. If the puppy is awake and noisy, having the dog in your room will make it harder for you to get a good night’s rest.
Make sure your puppy’s crate is pleasant. Leave the door open and throw a few treats or a favorite toy in it as a surprise.
Make being in the crate fun
Feed your puppies in a crate. After a few days, close the door. Leave the door closed if they cry or whine. When they are quiet, open the door.
When it’s time to be tucked in for the night, use a “keyword” or cue such as “bedtime” to teach your puppy. When they have a positive association with their crate, it is amazing how quickly they respond.
They only get at crate time and guide your puppy into their crate if you give them a Grade A treat or a favorite safe toy.
Most people love ice cubes because they are teething and have a lot of pain. A small metal bowl with ice cubes is enough hydration to get them through the night without filling their bladders.
Keeping your puppy in the crate
Most of the time, a puppy or dog is ready to go to sleep if they have been adequately exercised during the day. It’s a good idea to tire your puppy a few hours before bed. If you crate at night, they may still be wired. A sleepy puppy is more likely to sleep through the night.
When they are in their crate, cover it with a sheet or towel. It’s usually a dark location and quiet place that calms them down. Some owners have found that leaving a radio on nearby gives their dog the comfort of human voices and relaxing music.
When they are performing an Oscar-winning drama, never open their crate. It’s like responding to a baby screaming in a crib. If you know they are safe, clean, dry, have a full belly, and empty bladder, you can jump to rescue them. Ignore them as hard as possible.
Wait until they stop crying before you think they need to go outside. Give your puppy some time to be quiet, and then open the crate. Get them all excited by not making a big production out of it.
The amount of time and number of times per day you expect your puppy to be confined should be reasonable. You can use a puppy pen if you can’t supervise them or just want them out of the way. They will not resent their crate or kennel.
Why Crate Train a Dog
There are a number of benefits to crate training. There are a number of reasons that crate training is done.
Dogs don’t like to take care of business when they sleep. It is possible to train a puppy to control their bowels and bladder by using short periods of time in a crate, slowly increasing the crate time as their control increases.
The number of accidents that occur inside can be reduced by crating a dog. They will associate the crate door opening with their need to go outside to take care of business if you take them out as soon as possible.