Crate training your puppy

Crate Training Your Puppy Simple Steps

Crate training your puppy can be the earliest start to your dog training efforts. This will help your new friend to relax when you are away. A puppy will feel safe in the crate even if its being used for travelling.

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Your puppies crate has to have some sort of protection in it like a blanket to avoid harm and secure enough so he cannot get out. It is necessary to make it comfortable so he doesn’t think it a no go zone

To make it easier for your puppy to get used to the crate and therefore feel comfortable entering it and sitting or laying inside, you could add some of the puppies toys inside the crate and also a pillow or blanket to make the area a lot more comfortable and interesting for your puppy.

If your puppy does not feel comfortable entering the crate a good way to get him used to it is by gently persuading him about three or 4 a day by dropping some doggy treats into the crate. Feeding him in the crate is also very helpful, try this bit by bit, start by feeding him next to the crate then slowly move the food into the crate.

Make sure that you praise and reward your puppy when he finally begins to go into the crate himself, without any help at all. The best way to praise him would be to enthusiastically give him a doggy treat and later on you can change the doggy treat for a toy or a ball, whatever makes your pup happy.

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Never try to force your puppy to use the crate and never force him inside, by doing this the only this you are going to achieve is that your puppy will fear the crate and never get used to it. Also when training your puppy to use the crate, never leave him locked up in it for a large amount of time as this can make him anxious, especially if you are not in the room with him.

Commence crate training your puppy when you know that you have sufficent time to spend with him and you can be in the same room. To be able to get your puppy used to the fact that he is alone in the room and crate it is a good idea to start off by leaving the room for a short amount of time and then reentering the room.

You will have to consider a number of things when you start crate training your puppy and these will depend on the size, age and breed of the puppy.

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