Do’s and Do Nots of Puppy Crate Training
Welcome to Sierra Canine's! Today, we're going to talk about one of the most important training methods for puppies – crate training. Crate training can be an effective way to housebreak your puppy, keep them out of trouble when you're gone, and provide them with a safe and comfortable space to call their own. However, there are certain things you should and shouldn't do when crate training your puppy, and we're here to give you the lowdown. So, let's get started!
Do: Make the crate a positive space. Your puppy should see their crate as a comfortable and safe haven, not as a punishment. Make sure the crate is roomy and comfy, with soft bedding and toys. You can also try feeding your puppy their meals in the crate, so they associate it with something positive.
Don't: Leave your puppy in the crate for too long. Puppies have small bladders and shouldn't be forced to hold it for more than a few hours at a time. If you work long hours and can't be home to let your puppy out every few hours, consider hiring a dog walker or pet sitter to give them a break.
Do: Use the crate for housebreaking. Puppies instinctively avoid soiling their sleeping area, so using a crate can be an effective way to housebreak your puppy. Take your puppy outside to do their business as soon as you take them out of the crate, and praise them when they go.
Don't: Use the crate as punishment. If your puppy does something wrong, like chewing on your shoes or barking excessively, don't use the crate as a way to punish them. This will only make them fearful of the crate and could lead to anxiety and stress.
Do: Use the crate as a way to keep your puppy safe. Puppies are curious and can get into all sorts of trouble when left unsupervised. The crate can be a great way to keep them out of danger when you're not able to watch them. Just make sure to remove any hazards from the crate, like collars or leashes, before leaving your puppy alone.
Don't: Force your puppy into the crate. If your puppy is scared or resistant to being in the crate, don't force them in. This will only make the situation worse. Instead, try positive reinforcement techniques, like treats and praise, to encourage them to go in on their own.
And there you have it, the dos and don'ts of puppy crate training. Remember, crate training can be a great way to help your puppy feel safe and secure, but it's important to do it right. By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to successfully crate training your puppy. Thanks for checking in with Sierra Canine, and happy training!
Welcome to Sierra Canine's! Today, we're going to talk about one of the most important training methods for puppies – crate training. Crate training can be an effective way to housebreak your puppy, keep them out of trouble when you're gone, and provide them with a safe and comfortable space to call their own. However,…