Crate Training a Dog And 7 Steps to Crate Training Your Puppy

crate training a dog

Crate training a dog is one of the most important things you can teach your dog. If you are like most pet owners, crate training your dog will not be easy. It will probably take some time before you crate train your dog. You may even be surprised to find out that some dog owners think dogs automatically love to be in a crate. However, when you are crate training a dog, you must be sure you are ready for this. Here are a few tips on crate training a dog.

Don’t Use Large Space

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First, make sure the area the crate is located in is not too large for the pup. This is very important, as dogs can get claustrophobic. When they are in a large space, they will probably be more stressed out and more likely to give problems. A good rule of thumb is to place the crates in areas that are at least one to two feet smaller than their size. This will give them enough room to turn around and lay down without being cramped up.

Make The Crate Comfortable

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Second, you will want to set up the crate to be very comfortable for both you and your puppy. Since your puppy will have just undergone a lot of changes in his personality, it may be a bit difficult to transition him to the “normal” behavior of sleeping in a crate, eating in it, and so forth. To prepare yourself for this, make sure you set up his crate as he would in the home: with a bed, water, litter box, and other basic needs. Be sure to include this step in your crate training program.

Start When The Puppy Is Happy

Step Three – Start crating him when he is anxious or happy. You can start by crating him immediately after having played with him or giving him praise. Your puppy may even lie down in his crate just to relax and begin acclimating himself to being crated. If he does this, congratulations! He is on the right track! It’s always best to start this process as soon as possible.

Use The crates For A Longer Period of Time

Step Four – For the first couple of weeks that you crate your puppies, leave him in his crate for longer periods of time. That way he will be familiar with being crated but not totally used to it. The nylon mesh crate will make it feel like he is in his own “home”, much like how a baby feels when Mom is left alone. Soon, he will figure out that if he stays in his crate, he is going to get rewarded.

Close The Door of The Crate

Step Five – Once you think your pup is ready to be created, close the door of the crate. Wait a few minutes and then open the door again. Repeat this step until your pup understands that when the door is closed, he must stay inside the crate. Be patient, because he will probably fall asleep eventually.

Go For Longer Periods of Crating

Step Six – After about six weeks of practicing the process, it’s time to move on to longer periods of time spent in the crate. You should start to crate your puppy for short periods of time in order to help him get acclimated. Then gradually move to longer periods. Continue doing this until he is almost in his sleeping crate on regular days. Once he’s in it every day, then you can progress to crate him for longer periods.


Step Seven – If you don’t think your puppy is going to remember what you are telling him to do, or if you think he might have an aversion to the kennel, you can simply wait until the kennel is next to the crate for crate time. Just let him wander around the area with the door closed. If he gets impatient, then you can just give him praise. After crate time, he will hopefully realize that he must always stay in the crate to earn your affection.

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