How long to crate a puppy?

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Introduce it Casually

Bringing your puppy home and locking him inside a crate is the worst way to introduce him to a crate. People and dogs don’t like being trapped. You should treat the crate like a piece of furniture, but one that he can enjoy. Place it in a part of the house that he frequents, add a blanket and a toy, and keep the door open. Give him a chance to explore it. Some dogs will immediately start sniffing around and going into the crate, which is a great sign. Encourage your puppy to check it out by placing favorite foods and toys near the crate. It could take days to get him comfortable with going inside. You should be patient with the process.

Extend Crate Time

When your dog is hanging out in her closed crate without signs of stress, it’s time to extend her stay. Encourage her to enter the crate by giving her a toy or treat. Go into a different room for a few minutes after hanging out by the crate. She gets used to being alone in a crate. Don’t open the crate when you return. For a few more minutes, sit with her and then open the door. If you keep increasing the time, your dog will be able to stay in the locked crate for half an hour without you. She is ready for you to leave her for short periods and maybe even sleep in a closed crate overnight when she is able to do this. You should keep the crate nearby for overnight stays. Puppies need to go to the bathroom. You will want to let her go.

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Things to Note When Crate-Training Your Puppy

While a crate will help manage and cut down several undesirable behaviors from our canines, it is still not the answer to everything and can have the opposite effect. When crate-training your dog, note the following.

The crate shouldn’t be used as a punishment. Your dog will associate a crate with being alone and afraid if you do this.

Don’t leave your dog in a crate for too long. Depression and anxiety in dogs can be caused by poor social interaction levels. If your job allows it, you can enroll him at a doggy daycare, hire a pet sitter, or take him to work if you have to be away for a long time.

Puppies under 6 months of age should not be left in crates for more than 2 hours. They can’t hold it in for that long. It is the same for adult canines undergoing house training. They don’t understand that they’re not supposed to do it in the crate.

Common Problems with Crating 

In the first few days, weeks, or months, your dog may cry in the night when left alone. It is difficult to tell if they are only calling because they are in a crate or if they want to eliminate them.

If you suspect elimination might be a reason, let him out and take him back to the crate. If he continues to whine, he probably just wants to come out. If you’re confident that his cries are just because he wants out, yielding to his request lets your pooch know he can cry his way out of the crate and other problems with you. And, of course, this sets you back on the training.

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Dogs have a problem with separation anxiety. The crate should not be used to keep your dog in check if he suffers from anxiety separation. By doing so, you will increase his anxiety levels. A crate won’t solve the separation anxiety, so you should seek help from a professional.

Where Should I Put My Dog’s Crate? 

You don’t want to keep your pup’s crate too far away from you. It is frightening for young puppies and can cause separation anxiety.

Whether to let your pup sleep in the same bedroom with you will be decided by factors like other pets in the home, the locations available that meet the requirements below, and your personal preferences.

There is a You should not place the crate next to a heating or cooling vent. The crate should be kept away from electric cables, cords, and plants that your dog can easily grab from inside. There is a The crate should be kept in a low-traffic area. His quiet and safe place should be a crate.

Have you ever had to crate-train a dog? How long did it take to crate-train your dog? If you know other helpful crate-training tips, share them in the comment section.

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