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Crate Training Advice

by Matthew Glover

Crate Training is, with out a doubt, one of the first essential steps in training your puppy and an exercise for your puppy needs to master in their early days. It can be an effective means of housebreaking your puppy. However, many people misunderstand the proper methods of crate training and the benefits it will bring. Your dog will see their crate their space, their sanctuary, their escape from the very odd human world.

Size of Crate
Before you start on this training exercise it is important to consider what size of crate to buy. The crate needs to be big enough to see your puppy through from their early days to their full size. Bear in mind though that if it's too large, your pet may end up using one end as their 'Business' area. Some crates offer divider panels to expand the size as they grows. Choose one large enough to stand, comfortably turn and sprawl.

Night Time
Crate Training through the night can be a daunting task, don't worry. When you are housebreaking puppies and they "go" as soon as they see you in the morning. It is very difficult for a puppy to hold his bladder until they are around 9 months of age.

Make Arrangements
While crate training is excellent for housebreaking puppies, do not leave dog confined in a small area for too long. If your work allows, try to make arrangements to come home during your lunch hour to allow your pet to relieve himself. Also there are even services you can hire to provide this. A pet 'holding it' all day can cause bladder and kidney problems.

When Supervised
When crate training a dog, leave the door open while he's not confined. Generally, in addition to housebreaking puppies, you are creating a safe place where your pet will feel comfortable sleeping.

Accidents in the House
Don't make crate training a punishment. If your dog does their 'business' in the house, make a loud, surprised sound take them outside. Avoid shouting "NO!" for this routine as they might associate it as something bad. Be sure to give exaggerated praise when your pet 'goes' outside in the regular chosen area, so they will learn that there is a good thing.

Keeping Clean
Their crate is their space, but there will be some jobs you'll need to do on their behalf. Regular cleaning and disinfecting will protect your dog from illness and you home from unwanted smells.

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