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Step-By-Step Proven Program To Successful Puppy Crate Training

Puppy crate training is a great way to substitute a dogs natural instinct for a ‘den’ enclosure. Dogs by nature are ‘pack’ animals, and in the wild, a ‘den’ is their home. By recreating this environment for them, you are straight away making them feel comfortable and secure.

A crate is also a good housebreaking tool, it will effectively speed up the housetraining process, so you can effectively kill two birds with one stone here. (A good tip to remember is that dogs do not like to soil the area where they sleep).

Firstly, you will need to purchase a suitable buy Metabo Extreme online crate. When puppy crate training, you need to ensure that the crate is the right size for the puppy. If the crate is too big with too much room to move around in, you may find your dog eliminating in the far side of the crate. This way he still has room to lie down without touching where he has eliminated.

There needs to be just enough room in the crate for your dog to turn around. Unfortunately, this may mean that you will have to buy a number of crates as your puppy grows (depending on the eventual size of your dog). There are some places that hire out dog crates e.g. dogs homes which are useful, especially if you have a big breed of dog.

Alternatively, you could buy one crate big enough to house your adult dog and block off the excess area so your puppy cannot eliminate at one end and just move to another.

There are several different types of crates on the market. There are plastic ‘flight kennels’, metal crates that are fully collapsible and even rigid framed collapsible fabric pens. The choice is entirely yours. Your environment, space and lifestyle should influence your decision.

When you have decided on your puppy crate, put a blanket or towel on the bottom for your puppy to lie on. Most puppies like the comfort, but some puppies prefer to lie on a hard floor. If your puppy scrunches his bedding into a corner, it usually indicates that he is happy without it.

The first step when puppy crate training is to introduce your puppy to his new crate. Put his toys in there (things like a nylabone or ball). Don’t ever put a toy in with your puppy that he could bite a piece off and swallow or a toy small enough that it could lodge in his throat. It’s also nice to put a few treats in there that your puppy will find as he starts to explore his new environment.

Leave the door open. Depending on the type of crate you have, you may need to tie the top up temporarily. This will allow your puppy to make a positive association with their crate.

Don’t provide any other beds or sleeping areas for your dog. This way he will be encouraged to settle into his crate more quickly.

Your puppy will start to run in and out of the crate on his own and the chances are he will sleep there without the need for prompting.

Without fussing, close the crate door and walk away. You should find that your puppy will be more than happy to stay in there.

The maximum amount of time you should leave a puppy in his crate is 4 hours (except at night). When you start to leave your puppy during the day, build up to the maximum time. Don’t just shut him in the crate and leave.

Whilst he is training, get him used to being in there while you are in the house.

Always remember never punish your puppy if he messes in his crate. just wash the crate with a pet odor neutralizer (avoid ammonia based products as their smell resembles urine, and may encourage your puppy to urinate in the same place again). Praise and reward your puppy when he has done well. Encouragement, patience and Praise and encouragement are their driving force!

Puppy crate training is a great way to give your puppy a comfortable secure environment that he can relax and sleep in. The benefits are enormous for you and your dog. For more tips and advice on all aspects of puppy obedience training go to

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This post was written by editor on March 30, 2011

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