Saturday, November 24, 2012

How To Crate Train A Puppy

Dogs like to have dens: A small area that is their's. Just like a wild dog would. This area makes them feel safe because it is 100% their area/room. Using treats/toys creates a comfort zone 

The reason why we want to crate train is because we do not want to let Bueller wander the house because it puts him in danger. Examples being: Eating things he's not supposed to: Foreign body/surgery. Making potty training more difficult by allowing him to sneak off and eliminate. Chewing and ruining furniture. Escaping through open doors. This makes your puppy safe while you cannot watch them and give you peace of mind. Also crates are a great aid in helping you potty train your dog!!! Your dog does not want to be living in it's bathroom. Please see last week's video about Potty training after you've seen this video!

Crates are good for transportation because you want to keep them contained while driving so they do not cause you to get into an accident. 
A crate can be anything from a standard wire cage to even their transportation kennel. 
Inside the crate you should supply a Bed. Purchase a crate that your dog can sit up lay down and turn around in. 
Purchase a crate that is small enough for your dog. Most crates come with dividers so you can purchase a crate that your dog can grow into. 
Crates often come with dividers so while your dog is still small you can divide part of the crate so it is a smaller area. 
It's a good idea to feed your puppy in the crate. 
Dog's don't want to urinate/defecate where they eat. 

Positive Associations 
Introducing to dog: Place treats. Do not immediately put dog in and shut door.
Ease puppy in with toys/treats. 
Throw treats farther and farther in crate. Give puppy chew toy, close door but open before done. Slowly get used to the crate. 

Never use as a form of punishment. Always associate it with positive outcomes. 

How long to be in crate: 2 month old = 2 hours. Any age never over 8 hours.
Give them chew toys. Toys. In crate. See our toys video next week for fun recipes for kong chew toys. 
You can even tie the word 'kennel up' and a treat to being put in the crate so your puppy can associate the behavior with something positive, like a treat. 
Leaving Puppy in crate: Putting blanket over crate, put chew toys/toys in crate, leave music on: will give them more of a form of comfort while you're away. 
Sit with your puppy for 10 minutes. If he is not crying, leave into the other room. 
If your puppy is crying wait until he is calm to let him out. 
Crate while still home so your dog doesn't associate being kenneled with you leaving the house. 

If your dog eliminates in crate, clean right away. Make sure you are blocking off into a small space and make sure you aren't leaving your dog in crate for too long.

preferably keep crate in one spot to make it easier to adjust. If you need to stick to one or two spots that is fine as well. It will take longer for puppy to adjust with more spots that you move the crate to because the dog wants it to be a safe familiar place.

Crate training can be a positive experience. If you have questions on crate training please leave them in the comments below and we will see you next week with some fun tips on toys!

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