Using a crate from the first days that you bring your new puppy home will go a long way toward raising a well-mannered, self-confident dog.
A crate will also help to keep your puppy safe and out of trouble. Not to mention the fact that crates are also useful when your trying to housebreak your dog.
The fact is, dogs actually like small enclosed places. They make a dog feel safe. And dogs like to know their boundaries (so to speak). If you use a crate, then you are giving your dog a “den” to call his own.
The following video provides some great tips on how to train your puppy to stay in his crate. There are 4 simple steps that you should use when crate training your new puppy:
- Treat outside of the crate – Give your puppy treats outside of the crate to get him use to simply being around it.
- Treat part way inside the crate – Put a treat just inside the door of the crate and allow your dog to get it on his own. DO NOT shut the door behind him.
- Treat further & further inside the crate – Keep putting the treat further back in the crate until you get your dog going all the way to the back — comfortably.
- Longer lasting treat – Use a treat that takes your dog longer to chew. Put the treat in the crate. When your dog enters the crate and starts eating the treat, then shut the door calmly. Before your dog is done eating the treat, open the door and let your dog choose whether he stays inside or comes right out.
Crate training your dog will not happen in one day. It may take up to a week (or two!). But with a little time, your puppy will come to be comfortable in his crate and he will use it regularly — on his own!
Now, see those steps in action:
In order to survive the ups & downs of kennel training, remember to keep things positive (including yoru attitude and your dog’s rewards). Your puppy needs to know that only wonderful things happen inside the crate.