Crating Your Puppy

7 Tips to Crate Train Your Puppy


By Guest Author David Gargan

This question has been popping up a lot recently so I am going to explain it once and for all. Crate training is a very effective way of house training your puppy. The crate provides your puppy with a safe resting place and an area of the home which is 100% theirs. This is a great resting place for the puppy because it provides you with peace of mind that the puppy is safe when unsupervised. These crates are easily attained and can be picked up from most online pet stores.

buzz crate (Photo credit: r0ssie)


Most Dogs will not urinate or defecate in the same area as they sleep so the crate should not be any different. This should teach your pup good toilet habits and should avoid the awkward moment when your pup has an accident in the home. Most crates are large enough to provide space for both Dry/Wet Dog Food and water. Here are a few steps to successfully crate training your dog.

Selecting The Crate

This can be one of the trickier parts when training your puppy, however using a pet shop online will make it easier as they will have a wide selection available. Here are a few suggestions.

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Wire Cage – This is the most popular and by far my favourite type of crate. This is because it has four wired sides so the pup can always see what is going on around the crate. It also allows the pup to get the right amount of light let into the cage. A great feature of this crate is the sliding floor, which allows you to clean the crate easier.

Soft Crate – this crate is a soft-sided canvas or nylon. These are great lightweight crate and are great for moving and travelling. The only problem is that it does not let in as much light as the wire crate. It is more suited to a dog rather than a puppy because pups tend to chew most things. This happened to me so I would suggest a wire crate.

English: dog in a soft crate Taken by Elf (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Crate Training Tips

Crate training should not be viewed as an immediate change by locking your pup in the crate the only thing this will do is make the puppy scared and resent both you and the crate. Crate training is a slow process so here are some tips:

crate duo (Photo credit: popofatticus)


#1 Blanket and Toys

A great way to make the crate seem more like a bed is to add a dog blanket or something soft to the crate.  The toys will make it easier as the pup will enjoy her time in the crate.

#2 Open Doors

Leave the crate doors open and never force the puppy to enter the crate. With the open door the puppy will go into the crate in her own time and the pup will appreciate the crate more.

#3 Treats

Dog Treats.  Don’t be mean and praise the pup when she enters the crate. If the pup goes into the crate by herself give her treats to let her know she has done the right thing.

#4 Train with Closed Door

Now that the dog is in the crate close the door behind them.  It is normal for the dog to whine and bark but don’t give in wait until they settle down to let them out.

English: dog in a wire crate strapped into a car for safe traveling Taken by Elf (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


#5 Build up Closed Door Tolerance

Every time you close the door behind the dog leave them in for a bit longer every time to get the gradually used to having their own space.

#6 Time In The Crate

Crate Training Our Dogs (Photo credit: Andrew Griffith)


It is perfectly acceptable to leave the pup in the crate for a couple of hours however this is not the solution for while you are at work. Experts would not recommend leaving the pup in the crate for ore than 3-4 hours.

#7 Regular Crate Intervals

The puppy will need time outside of the crate for physical exercise, bathroom breaks, playtime and much need affection so make sure that the crate is not a punishment and is more a tool to help you training your puppy.


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