7 Tips For Crate Training A Puppy… FAST!
If you are looking for some tips and tricks for crate training your puppy… whether that’s because crate training:
- Speeds up the potty training process by 300%-400%
- Protects your dog during car rides
- Prevents your home from being destroyed when you’re off to work
… then this article is going to show you how to not only Crate Train your puppy as quickly as possible, because:
Because To Crate Train A Puppy PROPERLY, You Have To Make Sure You Know…
- How to make your dog THINK his crate is his sanctuary… instead of a prison
- Your dog’s AGE appropriate bladder holding time limits
- The correct way handle excessive Crate Squawking, Barking or Whining
Plus a few other tricks that we’ll cover later.
So to make sure we get started off on the right foot crate training YOUR puppy,here’s the first thing you have to know:
Rule #1: Puppies Are “Den” Based Animals Who Crave A Safe Place To Go
So when we do OUR job, as pet parents, and help them understand that their CRATE is a safe place that they can call their den, a WHOLE lot of wonderful behavior changes start to happen in your dog.
For starters, puppies are taught by their mothers to NOT pee in their den. So when we create a den for them, its like we kick start a little evolutionary engrained gene in their brains that tells them ‘NOT TO PEE In Their Crate’. Of course, their are limits to how long a puppy can hold their bladder at different stages of life, that you have to abide by to make this happen; but as long as you follow the guidelines we’ll share with you later for how long to keep your puppy in his crate. If your dog loves his crate, he’ll hold it for as long as he physically can.
But therein lies the trick…
How Do You Get Your Puppy to LOVE Going To His Crate?
Introducing “Den Training”!
Den Training is the process for how to get your puppy to learn to LOVE his crate, and treat it like his Mother’s Den. And Lucky for you, I have just such a video for you on EXACTLY how to train your dog to love his crate that you can check out here:
If you’re short on time to watch the video, here’s a quick summary of how to teach Phase I:
But I Gotta WARN YOU!
Getting your puppy to think of his crate like his den is only the first step!
Once your puppy is trained to go into his crate WILLINGLY, now you start to teach your puppy to “HOLD IT” while in his crate for longer and longer periods of time. Thais becomes HUGE when it comes time to teaching our puppy how to warn us that he has to go later on this in the potty training process.
But for now…
We want to use the power of a dog’s UNWILLINGNESS to pee in his den to our advantage by containing a puppy in one spot for a period of time.
But here’s the trick…
We need to teach the puppy how to hold it a little longer then he wants too, but not so long that we’re becoming abusive.
So what we’ve created for you is a chart that helps show you how long your dog should be left in his crate at a time. This chart shows you not only how to tell how long your dog can currently be left in his crate, but how to adapt those time lengths to your puppy as he ages.
Plus by following this schedule you will INCREASE the amount of time your dog is willing to be in his crate without soiling it by 30 minutes ever week.
Feel free to print off this chart and attach it to your fridge so the whole family can be on the same crate training schedule.
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?