Dogs are lovable creatures. They are even more so when they are still puppies. Bringing home a puppy will definitely bring you lots of enjoyment and fun hours playing and cuddling with him. But enough with too much play time. Your dog must also be disciplined and trained so that he will be easier to manage when he grows old. And one of the challenging training routine that you’ll encounter is crate training.
Putting your puppy on a pet crate even with its mom may seem a little harsh. Surely, you don’t want your little furry friend to feel like he is being caged. But, you see, there are some merits to having a crate-trained dog. You can leave the dog inside your home without worrying whether your sofa will still have a leg or that your throw pillows will all get ripped up. When your dog gets sick, you can easily confine him in one area and that will prevent him from infecting other dogs that you may have.
While crate training sounds like a good idea, it’s not easy to carry out. A puppy when placed in a crate can end up howling all night if you don’t do it properly. You need to make sure that the crate is associated as a wonderful resting place and not a spot where your dog will feel anxious and restless. In order for you to best accomplish this feat, here are some crate training strategies you can employ for your puppy.
First rule that you should implement when doing crate training is to never use it as a spot for punishing your puppy. Your puppy should only associate his wire dog crate as a place where he can get yummy treats or where he can play with his favorite toy. Your dog should feel calm and comfortable getting inside it and not panicky or restless at all.
Because it can be quite a challenge to get your puppy to come inside the crate, you can introduce him into it by putting his bowl and feeding him within it. You may also attract your puppy towards the crate by putting in toys in there that he likes to play with, or if he is the “destroyer” type, you can put in things in there he can rip, chew or shred safely.
Since the puppy is still small, you may want to choose a crate that isn’t fully enclosed. The wire-type crate may be best to allow your puppy to observe everyone moving about. This type will also provide adequate air flow for him. See to it that there are dividers you can use so that your puppy will not feel overwhelmed by the size of the space. To make your pet feel snug and comfortable, soft bedding can be placed within.
When leaving your puppy alone in the crate, make sure to leave a toy or a treat that can keep him happily occupied. Upon your return, don’t make a big fuss about getting him out from the crate. Ignore your pet for a while so he doesn’t get the idea that it’s unsettling inside this equipment. You can take him outside so he can pee or do his business, and only after all of this is done should you allow yourself to greet your dog.
Author Bio: This Post was provided by Luke Hatch, He is an avid hunter and dog trainer. He currently spends most of the time spreading his knowledge and writing for Versatile Dog Supply an online resource for Bark Collars and beeper collars