Crate Training Puppy Dogs

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Tips on putting your puppy in a crate and how to help them adjust in this expert video featuring a professional dog trainer.

Part of the Video Series: How to Train Puppies
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Hi! This is Elise McMahon for Expert Village.com and in this video series we are going to be talking about puppy care. If you would like to find out more about my services, you can visit my web site at www.canineheadstart.com. So we are going to be talking about in this short video crating your puppy. Crate is a concept that has become very popular today and sitting beside me here I have a got a crate. This is a puppy crate and I am going to talk a little bit about why you would crate your puppy and talking about sizes; what is appropriate for puppies of what size. So why do we crate our puppies? It is very important that a puppy does not learn bad behaviors. If we are not going to be home, if we cannot be watching the puppy, we do not want the puppy wandering around the house either defecating or urinating or chewing on objects that they should not be chewing on, so if you are not able to be with the puppy and monitoring what they are doing, the best thing to do is have the puppy in a safe place. That is not to say that you want to keep the puppy in the crate for long periods of time. In order to learn how to be a member of the house, they need to be out and about. Again, a crate really specifically should be used for those times that you cannot be there to monitor your puppy. So we’ve got here a small crate; the door opens like this, it has a latch here and a little hook where it latches and it closes. In the crate, we have a bed; pull this right out, there is a pan here. What I use for the bottom of a crate, this is a sheep skin, it is a black sheep skin, the pan is waterproof, if there is any spills of water or food or if your puppy does urinate or defecate in the crate, which they really oughtn’t do because they should never be in there for such a long time, that it results in urination or defecation, but if they do it is going to protect whatever floor or surface you have got from any kind of messes. So we have put the bedding in the crate like this and now it is ready for the puppy so this is a nice small crate, which is ideal for pretty much any puppy but large breed puppies are going to grow out of this and they are probably going to go out of this at about 12-14 weeks of age. Small breed puppies, you can use this crate for them when they are puppies and it can be their crate when they are adults because they will always fit into this. We are going to go to the next video and we are going to take a look at a larger crate as the puppy grows.

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