Crate Training Puppies
Crate training puppies is probably THE most important aspect to raising a happy healthy puppy and forming a good relationship. Crates are controversial there is no doubt about that! People see crates as barbaric cages that are used to contain dogs for many hours a day. Sure, crates can be abused but anything can be abused, crates can also be an essential tool for the average dog owner!
Crates provide a safe haven for your puppy, it is a room with a view that can even be taken on vacation. Crate training uses your dogs natural instincts to build a den and gives him his own space where he can go to take a nap, a safe haven to hide from thunderstorms, or a place to escape the daily rigors of a busy family.
But, most importantly a crate keeps your puppy safe! Safe from ingesting toxic chemicals, deadly objects, or chewing on wires and chords plus crates keep your valuables safe from being nibbled by your new furry friend.
Crates are also crucial in assisting with housebreaking puppies! Puppies learn very quickly not to urinate or defecate in their small area and this learned control can be used to aid owners in teaching puppies not to urinate and defecate in the house.
Crates also give new owners, especially new moms, a break! It is difficult to take a shower or make dinner while keeping an eye on your new family member, crates allow owners to have some “me” time without worrying that their new furry ball of love is getting in trouble or is in danger.
Important Facts About House Breaking Puppies
You must get your puppy on a crate training schedule, a schedule for spending periodic time in his crate but not being left for too long! Puppies can be left in a crate up to however old they are in months plus one hour. So if your puppy is 8 weeks old (2months) plus one hour=3 hours. You wouldn’t want to leave an 8-week old puppy over 3 hours in a crate and I would strive for something less if at all possible. The more time you spend with your puppy the more time you bond and your puppy learns appropriate manners.
Remember to utilize the crate throughout the day to help your puppy acclimate to it easier, get your pup really tired and then let him have a nap in his new house. Also feeding your pup in his crate will help him associate good feelings with his new home! Playing games inside and with his crate, eating inside, and taking good hardy naps will instill feelings of happiness and calm when he is, later, left in the crate.
Crate training puppies overnight
This process is usually fairly simple. I recommend putting the crate next to the side of your bed so that you can hear him if he gets restless and needs to go outside. Being right next to your bed also allows him to hear you breathe, which can help him adjust quicker. Remember your pup just came from sleeping with his mother and a whole litter of other pups, he is use to hearing the other pups heartbeat and breath throughout the night, although sleeping in a crate might be difficult and foreign at first being by your side will help him adapt faster.
Puppies sleep longer at night, so he can be left in his crate for longer than the standard 3 hours that are recommended, but you must keep an ear out for his fidgeting. To make this process easier on both of you, I suggest taking water up 2 hours prior to bedtime and going out with your pup last thing before you go to bed at night. Stay on a schedule! Dogs adapt more readily to situations that are predicable and they like being on a normalized schedule.
Make crate training fun! Pet, play with and interact with your pup in his crate it should be the focal point of fun things so that he enjoys spending time in there. Utilize it to give yourself a break and to keep your puppy safe when you can’t watch his every move. Remember he is a baby and he can get into a deadly situation in seconds, crates keep him safe and out of trouble while helping you maintain your sanity, what could be better than that? Maybe crate training puppies isn’t really that bad after all?