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Tips For Crate Training A Puppy
Want to know how to crate train a puppy? You’re not alone. Every year, millions of puppy owners around the country learn how to crate train puppies for when they leave the house. If you complete crate training a puppy, then you will have less anxiety, destructive behavior and barking. crate training a puppy
It is also a very valuable tool when trying to potty train a new puppy and can make your life much easier if your puppy insists on sleeping in your bed or on the couch. Have a look at the range of Dog crates that are available at the bottom of this article.
The Value of Crate Training Your Puppy
Whether you’re learning how to crate train a puppy or just determining if it is safe for your own little puppy, please know that most puppies just adore their crates. In the wild, a dog will seek out a small, safe space to burrow into that will keep them warm and safe.
A puppy crate performs that service beautifully, giving your puppy a safe space that is hers, and hers alone alone. Puppies that have wide open spaces often have trouble differentiating their “home” from it, and will grow anxious trying to control and patrol the entire space.
How to Crate A Train Puppy
Ideally, people crate train puppies when they are still very young. A full grown dog that has never been in a dog crate will have a more difficult time adjusting to the small space and may grow anxious. A puppy may also be a little upset initially but will accept it much quicker.
Also, if your puppy never has the option to sleep with you in the human bed, she will likely not have anything to be upset about when denied this luxury in the future.
It is best to place the puppy crate in the family room where a lot of people will be. At night, you should put the puppy crate in your bedroom to give your puppy a sense of security, knowing you are nearby. Eventually, after a month or so, you should be able to leave the puppy crate in one place, but for now, keep it close so your puppy stays calm and safe.
When you put your puppy into the crate, make sure she has a clean, comfortable place to sleep, a source of water, and a toy to play with. The puppy crate should be only big enough for her to sleep in.
If she can walk around in it, she may be more inclined to make a mess in it. As long as the puppy can turn around in the crate, it is comfortable for her, and not inhumane.
When learning how to crate train a puppy, make sure you don’t allow your puppy out of the crate if she gets upset. She may look sad, cry and really tear at your heart-strings. But giving in will only teach your puppy that if she makes a fuss, you’ll give her attention and she will get exactly what she asks for.
Make sure you only take your puppy out of the crate when she has been quiet for at least 5 minutes. Then, greet her with a lot of attention and a treat to reinforce that she did it right.
At first, try to leave your puppy in the crate for only very short periods of time – an hour or two at a time. As she grows older, increase that time to match a full night of sleep or a day at work.
If you don’t already have a puppy crate, consider getting one as they are a very important item, and will make life with you new puppy much easier.
So, know you know HOW to crate training a puppy, have a browse through what is available here: Dog Crates
And have a browse around our training info here: Puppy Training lessons