Crate Training Your Puppy

Crate Training Your Puppy Starts Here….

Crate Training is one of the most efficient and effective ways to train a puppy.

The single most important aspect of puppy training is that you reward and praise your puppy each and every time she does the right thing. For example: praise her when she chews her own toys instead of the couch or eliminates outside instead of in the house. The more time you spend with your puppy, the quicker and easier it will be to train her.

The key to house training is to establish a routine that increases the chances that your puppy will eliminate in the right place in your presence, so that she can be praised and rewarded; and decreases the chances that your puppy will eliminate in the wrong place so that she will not develop bad habits.

It is important that you make provisions for your puppy when you are not home. Until your puppy is house trained, she should not be allowed free run of your house. Otherwise, she will develop a habit of leaving piles and puddles anywhere and everywhere. Confine her to a small area such as a kitchen, bathroom or utility room that has water/stain resistant floors. Confinement is NOT crate training.

Crates are available at pet stores and other retail outlets. There are three different types of crates:
• Metal pens, collapsible
• Plastic crates, also known as flight kennels
• Fabric crates

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What is Crate Training?

Crate training your puppy can be an efficient and effective way to house train a puppy. Puppies do not like to soil their resting/sleeping quarters if given adequate opportunity to eliminate elsewhere. Temporarily confining your puppy to a small area strongly inhibits the tendency to urinate and defecate. However, there is still a far more important aspect of crate training. If your puppy does not eliminate while she is confined, then she will need to eliminate when she is released, i.e., she eliminates when you are present to reward and praise her. Credits

Introducing the Crate

Your goal is to make the puppy see the crate as a happy place where he feels safe and comfortable. Start by introducing the puppy to the crate gradually. Place the crate in an area of your home where you spend much of your time. The family room is usually a good choice so the puppy is interacting with his humans even when in his crate.

If you have a metal crate, leave the wire top and door off the first few days so it feels less confining. If the door was not removed, secure it open so it won’t swing and startle the puppy.

Always use a happy voice when talking to the puppy about the crate. Place soft bedding at one end and let the puppy explore. Some lucky owners discover that their dog immediately takes to the crate and starts sleeping in it right away. If that’s not the case, move on the next step.

Choose a healthy treat that your pup enjoys and make a small trail of treats to the kennel. Put one just inside the crate door and one deeper in the crate’s interior. Put the puppy down and allow him to follow the treat trail. If he hesitates to retrieve the treat that is inside the crate, don’t force him.

Repeat the process frequently, tossing treats into the kennel until your pup enters the crate confidently to claim the treat. If treats aren’t doing the trick, try using his favorite toy. Credits

You can be successful in Crate training your puppy 

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