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Crate Train Your Puppy for a Happy Dog

Updated on June 27, 2011
How to Crate Train a Puppy
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Many dog owners have the mistaken idea that crate training a puppy is cruel and unkind but, when done properly, this could not be farther from the truth. Crate training your puppy is an essential process for most dog owners. Crate training is an excellent way to allow your puppy to become familiar with his new environment. It is not a form of punishment, but can really help to make a puppy become a well-developed animal.

The purpose of crate training a puppy is to teach your puppy to go into his crate on command for safety, obedience and general behavior control. The first thing to do when crate training a puppy is to make the crate a positive experience. Since the purpose of crate training is not to isolate him from the family but to give him his own place within the family, you should select a wire crate that will give him a feeling of being apart but will also let him observe everything that's going on. To successfully crate train your puppy, he should associate the crate with all things positive, even when he is alone in it.

Crate training your puppy is the easiest, fastest and fuss-free methods of housebreaking a puppy. It is an easy way to keep track of the whereabouts of your new little puppy, whilst ensuring that he isn't going to the bathroom in every corner and making chew toys out of your prized possessions. The simplest way to crate train a puppy is to introduce him to the crate with the door ajar at first, then place some of his favorite toys in the crate and close the door for a few minutes.

One of the major goals of crate training puppies is to teach your pet that his crate is his special place where he can feel safe and secure. Many people, including dog trainers, think that crate training a puppy is a great idea because it is makes it simpler to housebreak puppies as they do not like to go to the bathroom where they sleep.

The key to successfully crate training is to get him to understand that nothing bad will happen when he is alone is his crate. Crate training is much easier when a puppy finds the experience enjoyable. While crate training is not difficult, you will have to be persistent.

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      Crate Train Puppy 7 years ago

      Make sure to incorporate consistency with your crate training, so not to confuse your pet. Doing so will help speed up the training.