Crate training your puppy
Puppies need constant supervision during the first few months of life. Crate training gives your puppy a safe place to be when you are unable to keep an eye on him. Remember, when purchasing a crate, take into account the size your puppy will be when fully grown. Crate training can also be an effective tool in house training your puppy as it takes advantage of your puppy’s natural reluctance to soil in its sleeping place.
HOW DO I GET MY PUPPY USED TO THE CRATE?
Start with putting some nice bedding in the crate. Also place some toys and treats inside and leave the door open. Let your puppy come and go as he pleases. You can also feed your puppy inside the crate, this way your puppy will associate the crate with a positive experience and think of it as a nice place to be.
CAN MY PUPPY SLEEP IN THE CRATE?
Yes. If your puppy sleeps in the crate they will cry out and alert you that they need to go to the toilet during the night. Take them out to the toilet last thing before they go to bed. Every time you are successful at getting your puppy to toilet in the right place helps speed up the toilet training process. At night you can start with the crate in your bedroom and then slowly move out to the living room as the puppy becomes more comfortable with being crated. The crate can also be used in the car as a safe place to travel so that your puppy is not left loose in the car. Crates are useful when you have small children, as it can be a safe place for the puppy to be when the children are running around and you can’t keep an eye on everything! It is important to let children know that when the puppy is in the crate it must be left alone. They are also useful when you are preparing a meal or eating as the puppy can still be part of the family during these busy times without you needing to worry where they are. Please do not hesitate to contact us at the Feilding clinic on 06 323 6161 if you have any questions or need any further advice regarding crate training or which crate to purchase – we are here to help.