Knowing how to crate your dog is great.
Knowing how to organize your schedule to succeed is great.
But how you can do both?
Today I have something…
… that will make you feel like you are an expert dog trainer.
In today’s post I am going to show you exactly step by step how to crate train your puppy. This method can be used for crate training an older dog as well.
And for those who are wondering what can I do instead of crate training for a dog then the answer is to use a separate room which I will cover in a separate post.
Crate training your puppy is the most effective, fool proof and humane method to train your puppy, especially if your goal is to train your puppy in seven days!
Some believe crate training a dog to be cruel or barbaric. However, if you will evaluate crate training from a dog’s viewpoint, you will find that it actually meets an innate desire for a safe place to call his own.
How does crate training helps your puppy?
It is in their genetic makeup to want a secure and sheltered area to rest. Many times in the effort to create their own “den” a puppy or dog will curl up in a box or under a low table. Crate training can help to satisfy this very natural instinct in your puppy, and will provide you with several benefits as well.
Offering your dog its own crate meets your pet’s instinctive needs and allows you some control in housebreaking endeavors. Moreover, crate training is a form of dog obedience which will benefit your canine.
So understanding what makes a good crate for your puppy would be your first step.
The most effective crate is one that is just barely big enough so that your dog can lie, stand and turn around. If you give the puppy too much space it will destroy the den concept, and will give your pet the option of soiling half of the crate and still having a clean area in which to rest.
Once a crate has been purchased, you will want to give your puppy or dog time to investigate. Just leave the crate on the floor with the door open until your puppy becomes used to having it around. Placing dog treats and a towel might help your puppy gain an interest in exploring the crate.
After your puppy is familiar with the crate, close your dog inside the crate for ten to fifteen minutes. Stay right there with your puppy perhaps even putting your fingers through the wire of the crate.
Your puppy needs to be assured that this new environment is safe and secure. After ten or fifteen minutes open the door and let the puppy stay or leave at his will. This should be done several times that first day getting your little one accustomed to his crate.
The crate is to be his safe space and should never be used to punish your puppy. The time in the crate should be as enjoyable as is possible. Toys and treats can help to establish this setting of harmony and peace.
Crate training helps you teach your little one not to use the bathroom inside. Dogs instinctively desire to keep their den clean. Dogs do not want to sleep in a soiled area and will do all within their power to hold it until they are taken to their designated potty spot.