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Crate Training Your Puppy

Written by Dy Witt

Crate Training for your Puppy

Teaching your puppy crate training isrepparttar first and best step in his life. It makes allrepparttar 148927 other steps in his training go so much smoother, much like a solid foundation makes for a superior wall.

Establishing you asrepparttar 148928 Alpha member of his “pack” is one very good reason for starting your puppy in a crate when he is very young.

Another reason for crate training is that dogs love predictability. To know what is going to happen in any given situation makes him happy, and more apt to berepparttar 148929 best-behaved dog he can possibly be.

A strong crate isrepparttar 148930 very basis of good puppy training. A wire crate with a lock isrepparttar 148931 best kind. Make sure it is large enough for him to stand up and turn around. But not so large that he can roam and wander around.

A too-large crate will inhibit house breaking. A crate that is justrepparttar 148932 right size will be perceived as his “nest”, where puppies never “go potty”. They will learn to hold it if you don’t make a prison out of it.

Never leave a puppy under 8 weeks longer than one hour in his crate. He will soil it, after struggling and suffering as long as he can.

Put a nice pad in there with a bone. Start with placing a tasty treat in there, he will go in and get it. Do this several times without closingrepparttar 148933 door, let him come in and out freely for an hour or so. Praise him highly each time he goes in, make it all very pleasant.

Then when his attention is on his treat, closerepparttar 148934 door. Praise him quietly, “What a good boy, it’s ok, such a good boy!” In 10 or 20 seconds, no longer, let him out without a word, no praise, just a pat.

Do this for increasingly longer intervals, but do not give him a chance to get upset. You can do this several timesrepparttar 148935 first day.

Make sure every training session ends on a happy note, this is crucial.

Once he seesrepparttar 148936 crate is his own private territory, he will go in there on his own, expecting treats and your attention. When he does, say, “Wanna crate?” with a happy face while getting his treats.

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