Crate training is not for everyone, but there’s no denying it’s a super useful way to train your puppy fast. Here are my top five tips to help you to crate train your new dog.
Buy The Right Crate
Your puppy is going to grow pretty quickly, so you are going to want to purchase a crate which can grow with them so you don’t have to fork out loads of dollars on one you will only use for a few months. The LifeStages double door dog crate is a great option because it comes with a free divider panel which you can move as your puppy grows, plus it has two doors so you have more options for where you can put it in your house.
Coax Your Puppy In There S-l-o-w-l-y
As with any training, you want to move fairly slowly when you’re first introducing your puppy to its crate. To do this you want to open up both of its doors and first of all get your puppy used to the sounds it makes, rewarding as you go. Then you can start throwing treats (chicken is great!) in there and getting your pup to walk in and out on its own, slowly working up to closing both doors when your pup is inside and increasing the amount of time they are kept in there for.
Don’t Let The Whimpering Get To You
When you first bring your puppy home, it has no idea about boundaries and it’s going to want to follow you everywhere. But that’s not realistic, there are times when you have to leave the room or go out and you’re going to need to train your puppy to be cool with that (and not get up to mischief). Puppies do cry, especially in the first couple of weeks, and it’s best not to give them any attention until they quieten down. Do this in stages—at first leaving the room for a few seconds, and then building up to minutes and hours. Your pup will adjust in no time!
Remember The Age To Crate Time Ratio
A good rule of thumb for how long your pup can stay in their crate for is their age in months, plus one. So if your pupper is two months old, it can hold on for three hours (longer overnight). However, we wouldn’t recommend letting your pup stay in his or her crate longer than five hours during the day, as they’ll need to get up, stretch their legs and have a bit of a run around. When it comes to night time crating, your pup should be fine to spend eight to nine hours in their crate without a bathroom break after the first few weeks at home, yay to getting your solid eight hours of sleep back.
The Crate Is A Happy Place
Always remember that the crate is a happy, safe haven for your pooch, so never put them in there for time out. Make sure it’s extra cosy with a nice squishy bed and blanket, give them a toy to chew and a treat when you leave and your pup will be content to laze about in there for hours on end.
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