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Crate train­ing your puppy

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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.

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