Crate Training Tips

Do you have extra time at home? Are you thinking now is the perfect time to crate train your pet? No worries, we’ve got you covered!

If you want to crate your puppy or dog, you persuade him or her.  Even if you have an older dogs, it’s not too late to crate train them as well! Dogs of any age will need some persuasion to understand that a crate is a safe home. It is not cruel to crate train your pet. Most dogs feel secure in small, enclosed spaces. The crate can be a safe and portable shelter for your companion.

Here are some tips that will help both you and your pet embrace crate training:

  1. Choose a crate close to the size of your puppy/dog.

Your pet should have enough room to stand up, turn around, and lie down. If you do not do this, the dog will most likely urinate in one end and sleep in the other. Dogs do not like to urinate in the same place as they eat or sleep.

  1. Place the crate in a social place in the house.

Locate the crate in a room such as the family room or den. Line the crate with a soft blanket and leave the door open for investigation. To increase the likelihood of your pet’s exploration, place a few treats and/or their favorite toys.

  1. Encourage them.

As they become more comfortable entering the crate, start introducing words such as “kennel” or “crate” as they enter and exit. Be sure to praise them for entering but not for leaving.

  1. Increase crate time.

Gradually increase the time spent in the crate.  As puppies are becoming accustomed to the crate, try to avoid leaving them alone for the first few days.

  1. Let them out regularly.

Remember, your dog still needs to go outside to play and use the bathroom. Have a regular schedule of trips outdoors, so as not to confine them too long.