Crate Training a New Puppy

Puppy Crate Training - Crate Training a Puppy

The process of Crate training a new puppy or house training often makes one feel the blues right from the start. Crate training a puppy may worry you in the beginning of the House training process but you can do it the fun way, so it remains hassle free for the puppy and you both. Crate training is a process that starts when puppies are newly born, they eat and they relieve themselves inside the den, always cleansed by the mother of course. There is no stench or traces of feces inside their resting or sleeping places. When they become older they learn to eliminate outside as they mimic their mother.  

The Conditioning Process or Housebreaking:

House Training your new puppy requires skill and patience. Crate training a new puppy must start right after the arrival of the new puppy home. Puppies feel the need to eliminate an estimated 6 times a day. A puppy needs to be taken out right after each meal as a full stomach exerts pressure on the colon and bladder.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Crate Training a New Puppy:

Puppy behavioral change:

Before you start the crate training process, know that long periods of time in which a dog is in a crate can make it extremely moody, problematic and noisy. As dogs are not fish, if you work all day long then it is recommended that you find someone to take your dog for an afternoon walk. Even tough dogs are den animals and like being in crates, being locked up all day is not recommended. Also remember that puppies can physically hold it for so long before their bodies just cannot hold it in anymore. Puppies need to relieve themselves very often until their bladders are fully matured. It takes time and effort on your part during the initial phase of housetraining, but this effort is worth it.

Patience is the Key during crate training:

You must always be patient and not rush your pet. Your puppy may have to go many times in one “pit stop”, give him at least 10 minutes before taking him back in the crate.

You should take your puppy for a walk after every meal and before its time to put him back in his crate for the night. Make sure your pup is relaxed and comfortable before you leave it in the crate for the night.

Puppy Crate Training - Crate Training a Puppy

Always treat your puppy with love:

Crate training a new puppy is not easy for the pup. It is all about the love you have for your pet, do not expect him to stay in a crate for long hours and not soil it, be fair and don't punish it. The learning process will be much easier if you treat your pup every time it does something wrong.

Use the same spot or area for crate:

Make sure that everyone in the house that is involved in the house training process is on the same page - using the same spot in the yard and the same cue word. Ask everyone to take the puppy to the same place as before since the dor from previous visits will cause him to excrete there.

Use a simple cue word such as “outside" while taking your puppy to relieve itself, constantly use the same word, until he starts responding to it instinctively and develops a pattern.

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