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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.


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.


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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