How to Crate Train your Puppy The First Step in Potty Training
How to crate train your puppy or dog
The crate we use for Memphis is a 36-inch metal wire crate. The plastic bottom slides out to make it easy to clean. We also have a cover on our crate. It makes it a little darker in there. Makes it a little more like a den for Memphis.
As you can see, we have been working with Memphis on crate training and she’s comfortable in her crate as of right now. You want the crate to always be a positive experience.
You want the puppy to think, this is their home. This is the dog’s bedroom. This is supposed to be the safe space for the dog. One of the ways you can do that, never use the crate for punishment!
You always want it to be a positive experience. Constantly leaving, you know, rewards, treats, positive reinforcement when the dog’s go in the crate.
Never yell at the dog, bang on the crate. You do not want it to be a negative thing. You want it to be a safe place and be their home.
Now, the first thing you need to do is to get the dog used to the crate. The noise and the sounds that it makes. You want them to understand, is not gonna hurt them. That is ok to be in there.
One of the ways to do that as you can see, we have Memphis inside of her crate, with the door open and she has a “KONG” filled with peanut butter. We threw the “KONG” inside her crate and Memphis goes in there and enjoys the “KONG.”The first few times, she did try to carry it out of the crate. So, all I did was pick it back and toss it back in there then, she realized that she has to be in there to actually enjoy her treat.
That was how we kind of got her, used to go in and out the box.
Again, positive experience. “If I’m in here, I get this food! I like this food! Maybe I’ll hang out in here!”Crate training is not a super fast process and you do want to take things a bit slow. You do not want the dogs to be fearful. You want the dogs known that’s a comfortable and safe place for them to be.
Crate training is one of the fastest most effective ways to potty train your puppy. It is also a great way to keep your puppy safe, while you are gone at work and cannot be watching, what your puppy is doing. The crate is gonna give them a safe place to be, where they cannot destroy things, choke on things, or harm themselves.
We keep a bag of treats near our crate. Every time we want Memphis to go in the crate, we give her one of these treats.As you can tell, she already knows what this is. Memphis, can you kennel up? We always use a command to get your dog to go into the kennel
It should be the same command every time.
Once the puppy crosses the line, all the way into the crate, you can reward them with their treat.Remember, always use the same command every time.Very positive! Reinforce immediately. You just want them to be very comfortable with this process.A lot of times, when you put your puppy in the kennel.Eventually, especially at the beginning…Your puppy is going to cry. It’s gonna make noise and they want out of the crate.DO NOT go to your dog while they are crying.
You know why she’s crying? Because she can see me! You do not want to go to your dog and let them out of the crate while they are crying. Because the minute they start crying and you go to open the door and let them outThey’re gonna know… “Hey! If I cry, they are gonna come and get me!”You want to wait until your pet is calm, laying down and no longer crying before you actually go and let them out of the crate.Another good way to get your puppy used to be in the crate, is feed your puppy while they are in the crate. They’ll learn like “Hey! I get food in here! Food in here is a good thing!”
We do not leave food or water in the crate with the dog while you are not home.Basically, if they have too much water, and you do not make it home to let them out.They are gonna have an accident in the crate. You do not want them to do that!
Crate training is effective, mainly because most dogs will not soil where they sleep.They do not like to go to the bathroom in their own little room. So they will try to hold it for as long as they can.
With puppies, you do not leave them in the crate at Eight to twelve weeks old. You should be letting them out at least every two to three hours.If you have gone to work, try to have a dog sitter come over to be able to let them out and help you let them out.At night, the same thing. Wake up every few hours to let the dogs out. The general rule of thumb is for every month old the dog is, that’s about how long they can hold their bladders. So, if your puppy is eight
weeks old, that makes them two months old. it can generally hold their bladders for about two hours.They can hold it a little bit longer at night because they are not active at night.
Now, at night your puppy may cry and want out of the crate. Sometimes is hard to tell it is, because it has to go to the bathroom
or is because they just want out. What we do is we use a command when we hear them crying you know, would you wait a few minutes if they stop.
If they do not stop, if you go to let them out
Will use a command “Wanna go outside and go potty?”
or “Wanna go outside?” and if the dog continuously gets excited when they hear that It usually means, they have to go.
But, you can be able to tell as you work with crate training on your dog. When they are faking it and when they are not…
After a time, your dog should no longer cry in their crate. They should realize that this is a fun safe environment for them to be in.Some people like to put a blanket or shirt to something in the crate that has their scent on it.You can do that. We do not usually do that because I did not want to chew up and choke on it.If they’re big time chewers, that’s probably not the best idea. If they are not big time chewers, that is something you can definitely try.
Remember that crate training your puppy is not only the first step
in keeping your puppy safe, while you are not home. It is the first step in potty training your puppy.
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