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Crate Training Your New Puppy

A Feathers and Fleece Guide to Crate Training
A fool proof method to crate train your new puppy from Feathers and Fleece Farm.

A guide to crate training your new puppy.

  • Select a crate that will be big enough for the dogs adult size.
  • Place the crate in a permanent location in your home.
  • If needed section off a portion of the crate so the puppy has enough room to stand up, turn around and lay down.
  • Begin leaving the door open to the crate so your puppy feels comfortable to go in and out of his new crate.
  • Next make him stay in the crate for a few minutes by restraining him with your hand.
  • Gradually increase the amount of time in the crate until he is comfortable and then, shut the door and reward him with lots of praise.
  • This training may take an hours to days depending on the breed and temperament of your puppy.
  • Once he feels secure he will be able to sit quietly or sleep.
  • Never use the crate as a punishment this will undermine your pets sense of security in their crate.
  • Time outs for example are acceptable if playing too rough but not too scold.
  • Keep it positive!
  • Do not leave your pet in the crate all day for the first few months.
  • Your pet can only be expected to hold their urine for the number of months they are old plus one hour.
  • You can cover the crate with a towel at night to prevent them from crying and to help him relax.
  • Hollow toys such as Kongs stuffed with peanut butter, cheese or dog food are great tools to occupy your dog in the crate and keep him busy for hours.
  • If your dog has an accident in the crate is likely because the crate was too large, or because your dog was left in the crate too long.
  • Always take your dog outside to potty before placing him in the crate.