There are no short cuts when it comes to crate training your dog. It may seem time consuming, but the effort and consistency you put in now to do it correctly the first time will reward both you and your pooch for years to come. Done well, crate training will give your pup a safe and comforting place to sleep, travel, and spend a little down-time when its needed.
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As you will see, you can potty train and crate train at the same time (you may want to have some pee pads on hand), all while bonding and getting to know your new dog as he gets to know you and his new surroundings.
Crate Training In 5 Easy Steps
Source: Rachel Fusaro on YouTube
Watch the video to learn the steps to crate train your puppy, right from the first night through to being fully crate trained. You’ll learn the answers to these questions:
- Where to place the crate
- How to reward your dog for entering the crate
- How to feed a dog while crate training
- How to start working on basic commands from day 1
- 3 forms of positive reinforcement
- How to make the crate a part of your dog’s everyday routine
- “Work it like a turtle and make the whole crate Disneyland”
- When and where to use physical exercise
- When to remove food and water during the day and why
- When not to let your puppy nap
- What to do at bedtime (and through the night)
- Use proactive potty training
- A technique to use if your puppy is too anxious to go in/stay in their crate
- How to move from having a crate in your bedroom to another area of the house without stressing your pooch
Remember that crate training isn’t just done and dusted, it will take the entirety of the first day, and a majority of the following days to have your pup comfortable with being in the crate, as well as potty training. Dogs are like humans in that they need comfort, attention, and structure to feel at ease and be confident.
Training your puppy is a full-time job, and should be done at all times. You may need to have someone else help you out with it if you cannot be there full-time until your pup is fully crate trained. Ideally you will want to take a week off work when you bring home a new puppy so that you can bond and begin your new lives together comfortably and without stress.
For more information, read Proper Way To Welcome Puppies Home
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