Puppy Crate Training Secrets

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Puppy Crate Training Secrets

by John S Rhodes

The Key Reasons to Crate Train Your Puppy

Puppy crate training is the ultimate way to housebreak and train your puppy. The simple reason is that dogs naturally love to feel safe and secure. They will seek out places to hide, sleep and relax. I?m sure you know that dogs like to wiggle under beds and tables.

Why does this matter to you? The answer is pretty simple. A crate can easily become a den for your puppy. If your puppy enjoys that den, then your life will be much easier. It?ll make a huge difference in your home.

The key reason that puppy crate training is effective for housebreaking is that dogs don?t like to poop where they sleep. Canines are naturally reluctant to dirty up their dens.

Another advantage of crate training is that a crate will reduce puppy stress. In particular, crates are like dens so puppies become very comfortable. In turn, this reduces stress and separation anxiety.

A crate trained puppy is less likely to get into chemicals or hazardous situations. A puppy in a crate can?t chew up your clothing or your furniture. If you?re gone during the day, but your puppy?s in crate, he won?t be able to eat your shoes or chew through electrical wires.

And finally, puppy crate training is good if you move around or travel a lot. A crate will act as a mobile den for you dog. This is essential if you are traveling by car or plane. Of course, it is also important if you are checking into a hotel. It is often a requirement since crazy, untrained dogs will chew up woodwork, rugs and furniture.

So, there are many great reasons to crate train your puppy. Let?s now shift our attention to your next steps.

Puppy Crate Training Tips

Like most training, it is definitely better to start with a young dog. Of course, you can?t start too young since puppies have weak bladders and poor control over their pooping. At 9-10 weeks you can start to acclimate your puppy to a comfortable crate. Don?t put your puppy in a crate for more than 45-60 minutes at the start or you?ll face issues.

You?ll want to be sure to control your puppy and also the environment. Don?t simply focus on the crate or the puppy. Spend time thinking about the location of the crate. Think about the best times to use it. Be prepared for accidents and mistakes ahead of time. Also, be sure to look around the crate itself for hazards like wires or sharp objects that might tempt your little dog.

It is probably wise to involve the entire family in puppy crate training. Be sure that everyone knows what to do and when to do it. Unless your children are very young, get them involved. Be sure that everyone understands the purpose of the crate and that it is a safe place for your puppy. It?s not meant for punishment.

It is important to focus on rewarding your puppy for good crate behavior. The core idea is that crate training should be based on positive reinforcement. Again, a crate shouldn?t be treated as a cage. It?s the home for your puppy. The crate is a den.

The final recommendation is that you must have a plan. It?s really important to set goals and keep them in line with the growth of your puppy. You can?t simply throw a young puppy in a crate for five hours and expect success. Slowly and regularly focus on improvements and stay positive. And finally, be sure to create your own good habits. You?ll need patience. Build on your puppy?s success and celebrate.

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