Everyone loves puppies but we all know that puppies can get into lots of trouble. Who hasn’t had a shoe chewed or come home to find puddles on the floor? One way to prevent these problems is by crate training your puppy.
Although a crate may look like a little jail for dogs, it’s actually a safe, secure place that is similar to a dog den. Once you have crate trained your puppy, he will be happy to spend time in the crate.
You can crate train your puppy by choosing a crate that will be an appropriate size for him when he is an adult dog. If this is much too large for him as a puppy, you can use a crate divider to make it temporarily smaller. If the crate is too large, your puppy will be tempted to soil in the crate, so it’s best to keep it large enough for your puppy to stretch out comfortably and not much bigger.
Bring the crate home and place it where your puppy will find it. You can put a crate pad or some comfy towels in the crate for bedding. Leave the door open and place some treats and toys inside to encourage your puppy to explore. Let your puppy go in and out of the crate for a couple of days. He may choose to play or nap in the crate and that’s fine.
After your puppy has become used to the crate you can close the door when he’s inside for short periods. Stay nearby so he won’t be upset. Make sure there are some treats and toys in the crate. Then let him out and praise him.
You can slowly lengthen the time your puppy stays in the crate. Then you can start to leave the area so your puppy gets used to your absence. If you do these things slowly, your puppy will be crate trained in just a few days.
Crate training for puppies is an excellent way to help with house training and to keep puppies out of trouble when you have to be away from the house for short periods. Most young puppies can spend about two to four hours in the crate before they need a potty break. As your puppy gets older, he will be able to spend a longer period in the crate but don’t ask him to spend too long in the crate without checking on him.