How to crate train your puppy
The key to crate train your puppy is to make the crate an enjoyable place to go.
I feel that it is best for your crate to have two separate compartments. One is for sleeping and eating. The other is for its potty.
The crate can be used to help potty train your puppy. It can also be valuable in situations when you leave the house for a period of time.
When you leave the house for the first few times, it is best that you are gone a very short time. In that way, the puppy doesn’t consider the crate as an unpleasant and lonely experience.
Over time, you can extend the amount of time you are away.
I read an excellent article entitled, “Crate Training Dogs: 10 Tips for Success” by Casey Lomonaco. As the title indicates, the article gives you 10 pointers on how to crate train your puppy.
In the quote below, I list the first 4 tips:
1. Place the crate within the family’s living area.
We like dogs because they like to be around their people. A crate should not be shoved in a dark corner of the basement, it should be in the living room. Placing your crate in a living area will help your dog feel that he can relax without being socially isolated. Many dogs dislike the crate because it predicts loneliness. If your crate is next to the couch, and your dog can lie in it receiving popcorn as you watch a movie with the family, he’s much more likely to feel like it’s a great place to be.
2. Teach your dog to get into the crate on cue.
Shaping is a great way to get your dog to go into his crate on cue. Grisha Stewart of Ahimsa Dog Training in Seattle offers this great article on crate training, with tips on how to shape your dog to get into his crate willingly and enthusiastically.
3. Practice training your dog while he’s in his crate.
You can ask for sit, down, targeting behaviors, eye contact, and other behaviors while he is in his crate. Doing so will make being in his crate a predictor of fun things happening for your dog!
4. Feed your dog in his crate.
As anyone who works with dogs know, one of the best ways to create a positive association toward a scary object is by pairing exposure to that object often and repeatedly with something the dog really wants. If you practice feeding your dog in his crate, you are using classical conditioning to create a positive association with crating.
The entire article can be read here. As I said, I have listed only 4 tips in the quote above. There are 6 other tips in the article. So I encourage you to check out the complete article.
I also suggest that you look at some tips on potty training a puppy using a crate.
Do you know how to crate train your puppy? You probably do. But these articles give a new dog owner some great advice. I wish you the best.