The Best Way to Crate Train Your Puppy

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Training a puppy can seem like a daunting task, especially when there are so many training options to choose from. One of the simplest and easiest ways to train a puppy is crate training. Crate training allows you to keep training your dog even when you are not at home. You can begin training by gradually letting the dog get used to the crate while you are still there.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic crate
  • Old blanket
  • Chew toy
  • Dog treats
  • Buy a plastic crate for your dog that is the correct size. It should be just large enough to fit a bed for the dog. Puppies do not like to soil their beds because they do not like to sleep in the mess.

  • Place a blanket and a chew toy inside the crate for the puppy.

  • Place treats in the back of crate for the puppy to find, to get it acclimated to the crate.

  • Place your puppy's dinner bowl in the back of the crate so that your dog has to go into the crate to eat.

  • Tell your dog to "Go to bed" and then throw a treat into its crate. Repeat this exercise several times to help your puppy get used to the crate.

  • Put the puppy in the crate and close the door. Praise the puppy and give it a treat through the crate door. Repeat this exercise, each time leaving your dog in the crate for a longer period.

  • Take the puppy outside to relieve itself before you place it in the crate for an extended period. Play with your puppy or take it for a long walk to tire it out.

  • Place the puppy in its crate whenever you can't look after it. When you are at work and when you are in bed, your puppy should always be in its crate.

  • Release your puppy from its crate as soon as you get home and immediately take it outside.

  • Reward your puppy whenever it relieves itself outside with praise and a treat.

  • When an accident happens, firmly state "no" or clap loudly to get the dog's attention. It should be startled and stop. Immediately take the dog outside.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you would like to buy a crate that fits the puppy throughout its life, buy a model with a divider. As your dog grows to adulthood, you can adjust the size of your crate.
  • Do not punish your puppy for an accident you did not see take place. It will not understand why it is being punished.

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