Training Tips: Crate Training Your Puppy

Have you ever considered crate training your dog? Crate training can be a good option for families and their dog as it can offer some peace of mind when you’re away from home and keep your dog safe.

There are several other benefits of crate training as well, such as teaching your dog bowel and bladder control, limiting teething to dog toys, and providing a sense of security during frightening situations, such as a thunderstorm. You always want to associate your dog’s crate with being a positive place to be. Here are some tips to help you crate train your dog.

How to Crate Train Your Dog

To start, you need to provide a proper space for your dog. A crate is a place to rest, not a playpen or punishment place. Dogs are den animals.They feel secure in a comfortable, small place. Choose a well ventilated crate. There should be just enough room for your dog to stand up, lay down and turn around in a circle.

Any kind of dog training should start with building a trusting relationship between you and your dog. Keep your approach and tone positive! Your furry friend will acclimate to training much quicker if you are positive, patient, and reassuring.

To help your dog become familiar with the new crate, start the training slowly. For example, spend the first day of training by simply letting your dog walk in and out of the crate freely. You can do this by putting a dog treat into the crate, keeping the door open. When he walks out of the crate, reward him again with another treat.

After a day or two, you can repeat the same exercise, except you can gently shut the door after he walks into the crate. Keep the door shut for about 15 to 20 seconds and give him a treat before he walks back out.

Pretty soon, you can start keeping your pup inside the crate for minutes at a time. Make sure you are dropping a treat inside the crate while he’s inside. Over time, minutes can turn into hours until your dog is completely comfortable in the crate. Of course, make sure to take him outside after an extended period in the crate.

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