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Crate Training a Dog or Puppy Can Have Good Results

17 June 2012 496 views No Comment
Andrew Bicknell asked:

Crate training can be one of the best things you do for your new puppy early in his life. There is a misconception that this training method is somewhat cruel but nothing could be farther from the truth. There are many benefits to be had using a crate to train your dog and your four legged friend will be more then happy to be trained this way. It is also easier then many people think.

This can be one of the best methods of potty training a new puppy or even an older dog that has been hard to house break. It is well worth the effort to use this method because it can bring rather quick results.

The reason it works so well is simple. Dogs will naturally not soil the area they eat or sleep in and since they come to see their crate as home they will endeavor to keep it clean.

When you start crate training your dog you will have to keep track of the times when he needs to go outside. This will help you know when to use the crate and when it is time for him to go outside. You do not want to keep your dog locked up in his crate for extended periods of time, but instead use the crate for the desired purpose.

Very young puppies will make messes when you first start the training but punishing him would be counter productive. As your puppy gets older he will soon begin to understand what you want of him and his natural ability to keep his home clean will come into play.

When you first start crate training you need to get your dog used to his new home. Begin with short periods of time lasting no more then 10 to 15 minutes with the door shut. Build up to two hours as he gets more comfortable with the kennel. Place a favorite toy and soft blankets in the crate to make it more comfortable. When your dog is free to roam the house leave the door open and before long he will use as his sleeping and relaxing place.

Your dog may not like it at first with a lot of whining, barking, or just not wanting to go in. But crate training a dog or puppy takes a little patience, just like any other training program. Before long his crate will become a safe haven that you’ll have a hard time keeping him out of.

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