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    Puppy Crate Training Guide | Dogs and Puppies

    Articledog training guidesWednesday 18 May 2011
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    Crate training your puppy is a very important part of breaking him in. you will want to be able to trust your dog when he is left alone in your home and the way to do this is puppy crate training. The basic idea behind crate training is to make them hold it in until you take him outside to go to the toilet. Crate training works well because it incorporates the dog’s natural instinct. Dogs will not want to urinate any way near themselves so will not urinate inside the crate. It is not difficult to crate train your puppy but it will take some patience. This article will give you the best chance of succeeding in puppy crate training.

    How to Crate Train a Puppy

  • Choosing the size of your crate is quite important. You have to make sure there is enough space that your puppy doesn’t feel cramped but not enough space that your puppy feels he can urinate inside of it. Also consider that your puppy will grow and buy a crate according to its predicted larger size.

  • When you begin crate training your puppy you should remove the doors on the crate. You do not want your puppy to feel like you are shutting him away or punishing him during crate training. You should also praise your puppy and give him treats when crate training begins; this is another way of reassuring the puppy he has done nothing wrong.

  • It will take a little while for the puppy to get used to the cage, it might bark or cry a little bit at first but your puppy will get used to it and eventually you will be able to leave it in the cage when you are not there.

  • You should put nice comfortable bedding and toys inside the crate to make it a nice environment. Leaving toys inside the crate is a nice idea so he doesn’t become bored. A further good idea is to leave a television or radio on if you leave the puppy alone for reassurance.

  • Keep the puppy crated for short periods of time when you are at home.

  • If you only put your puppy in the crate when you are not around the puppy will begin to associate the cage with loneliness.

  • If your puppy has an accident inside the cage do not punish him, just clean it up and remove any odour.

  • Consistency is important when training a puppy so make sure that you stick to an eating and drinking schedule that you can follow every day without any interruptions.

  • Take your puppy outside on a lead at the same times everyday and do not go back inside until he has been to the toilet. Once your puppy urinates successfully outside then you should reward and praise him with some playtime.

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