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Crate Training Your New Puppy


Crate training your new puppy



Recently a vet friend of mine sent me some great info on crate training to share with my clients. 

I decided why stop there, and have added a page to my website to help as many people as I can on this topic.


Tips For Crate Training

Cover the crate with a towel at night to help prevent crying and to help your puppy relax.


*  Hollow toys such as Kongs stuffed with peanut butter, cheese or dog food placed in

the crate is a great way to keep your puppy occupied for hours.


*  If your dog has an accident in the crate it is probably because the crate is either too large, or

because your dog was left in the crate too long.


*  Always take your puppy outside to potty BEFORE placing him in the crate.


Steps to take to crate train your puppy:

1.  Select a crate that will be big enough for your dog's adult size.  

Place the crate in a permanent location in your house.

If needed, section off the crate so your puppy only has enough room to stand up,

turn around, and lay down.

2.  Begin by keeping the door to the crate open and allow your puppy to get

comfortable going in and out of his new crate. 

Next, make him stay in it for a few minutes by restraining him with your hand. 

Gradually increase the time and once he is comfortable, close the door and

reward him with treats and lots of praise!

3.  This training may take hours to days depending on the breed and temperment of your puppy.

Once he feels secure, he will be able to sit quietly and or sleep.

4.  Never use the crate as a punishment!  This will undermine your pet's sense of security in

their crate.  Time-outs such as if play biting , gets too rough is acceptable, just do not scold-

Keep it positive!

5.  Do not leave your pet in their crate all day for the first few months. 

Your pet can only be expected to hold their urine for the number of months old they are + 1 hour.