A Guide to Crate Training Your Lovable Puppy

House training a new puppy is a job all new dog owners must face. One tried and true method commonly used is crate training. Despite what you may hear or believe keeping the dog in a crate is neither punishment nor mean. Dog crates provide a safe haven for the puppy to retreat and curl up when adjusting to its new surroundings, a quiet place to lie down and sleep, or somewhere the dog can relax and be left home alone. For many dogs, their crate is their own little home.
When a puppy is safely in its crate, you can be sure that it won’t be able to chew anything the furniture, hurt itself, or possibly put itself in a dangerous situation where it can seriously hurt itself. Dog crates also speed up the housebreaking training. However, it is important that you never use the crate for punishment. Your goal is to make the crate a place for the dog to feel safe and protected.
Many crates come with multiple partitions which allow you to alter the space the dog has available for itself as it grows. Add some soft bedding to the floor of the crate so the puppy has somewhere comfortable and warm to lie. It is important to understand that puppies have small bladder capacities so accidents will happen. Never punish the dog if it does have an accident. You’ll do more harm to the training than good.
Try to have the dog sleep in its crate from first day. It will only be a matter of time before the dog begins to go in on its own when its wants to be alone or take a nap. Many dog owners keep the crates in rooms which are situated around the family at all times, like the kitchen or family room. Take the crate introduction slowly and never force the dog into it. Try coxing it into the crate with either a tasty treat or a fun toy. At first, the dog may be uncertain but keep up with the positive encouragement. Praise it and make a huge fuss when it does go into the dog crate.
The dog should be kept in its crate all night. Don’t feed it or give it any water too late in the day. Sometimes dog owners will keep the crate to their bedroom at night. They worry that the dog might be lonely through the night. Also they feel they can hear the dog better if it needs to go out.

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