As a pup owner, you want the very best for your little furry friend – you want to make sure he is behaved, but even more than that, you want to make sure he is safe, comfortable and happy at all times.
Crate training has become increasingly popular these days – and not without reason. What are the essentials to know about it, and how to actually crate train your puppy? We have gathered 5 of the most important tips you should know – so read on, and find out more.
Why dog crate training?
Dog crate training is a method used by pup owners to house-train the puppies and avoid them from being destructive. Although not all dog owners do it, crate training is proven as efficient and safe for the pups and for the owners too, making it one of the best ways to “accommodate” a new pup into your home.
The right crate is essential
If you have decided to crate train your dog, please make sure you purchase the right crate for him. Otherwise, he will feel uncomfortable and sad (and this can lead to serious health and behavioral issues later on). Be sure you buy the right size crate for your pup though and this can be an excellent method to teach him to behave himself when you are not present.
Your pup needs your attention
If you want crate training to be successful on your puppy, be sure you offer him plenty of attention and care before you place him in the crate. Take him out to potty, play with him and do not feed him water or food with approximately one and a half hours before bedtime (this will help you prevent the puppy from waking up during the night).
Give him toys
If you want your pup to feel as comfortable as possible in the crate, remember to offer him the toys that will keep him entertained. This will largely depend on each pup (for some, a special toy is the best, while for others even the most basic of toys will do the job). Also, keep in mind that there are a lot of toys designed specifically to help you crate-train your pup – such as heartbeat toys (that mimic the mother’s heartbeat), or warm toys (that make the little furry friend feel more comfortable in the crate).
Listen to his signals
If the pup is crying, don’t leave him in the crate. Take him out and see if he needs to potty. Place him back in the crate as soon as he is done. Likewise, remember to praise the pup a lot when he is nice in the crate – he will always associate your praises with behaving himself and thus, he will grow into a more house-friendly dog in general.
All in all crate training can be extremely successful – but it should always be done with care! Your pup is a living being and he deserves your attention and love – so be sure you crate-train him correctly!