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Does Your Puppy Need Crate Training?

Updated on October 22, 2012

Begin Crate Training As Soon As Possible!

Those of us who love dogs and keep them inside our homes have all faced the issue of how to train a new puppy not to "do their business" inside the home.

For many people, especially those who are new to raising and training dogs, this can be a very frustrating problem.

Most experienced dog owners know the value of of starting as soon as you bring your new puppy home.

Crate Training - A Successful Training Tool

I have found the best way to begin this job is to use the crate puppy training method.

A puppy potty training crate is not in any way harmful or an inhumane way to train puppies, and has been used as a successful training tool by professional dog trainers and homeowners for decades.

So lets take a look at a few crate training tips for crate puppy training.

Naturally, you are going to need the proper size of training crate depending on what breed of dog you purchased.

These are readily available at local stores selling pet supplies and also online.

I bought my two crates along with a book on crate training tips online because of the lower prices and much larger selection of training crates.

Tips On How To Crate Train Your Puppies

First thing we want to do is decide where to place the puppy potty training crate.

In the bedroom with you at night is a good idea, and then during the day these crates are lightweight so placing them in an area of the home where people are is best.

Begin by keeping the door to the training crate open and place the puppies food bowl in the crate.

This will begin to condition the puppy not to fear the crate.

As he or she becomes comfortable with eating dinner in the crate close the door for a few minutes and sit where the puppy can see you.

Do not give in and let the puppy out if they begin to whine as you are only going to teach the puppy whining is the way to get what they want.

Toss in a few of their favorite toys and follow this with a comfortable dog bed or blankets.

Crate Training Is A Step by Step Process

As the puppy becomes more comfortable with going in the crate, increase the amount of time the door is kept shut until they feel relaxed and can stay for a few hours without becoming upset.

This is all leading towards teaching the puppy over night stays are okay.

If the puppy begins to balk at each additional crate puppy training step it is okay to go back to the previous step until they are ready to move on.

The main thing to keep in mind as you and the puppy are going through this process is not rush.

Try to have fun with the puppy so they see this is not punishment but a learned habit they are going to be praised for.

Potty Training

For the potty training keep in mind puppies normally need to "do their business" as soon as ten to twenty minutes after eating, so timing is critical.

Pick a set time for dinner and stick to it so the puppy learns when it is time to eat and then go outside.

Try these how to crate training puppies tip and look forward to many enjoyable years with your new dog.


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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      A very interesting and useful hub. Although I've had dogs for nearly 35 years, it was only a few years ago that I started using the crates. Today I honestly wonder how I managed without them!

      Great hub + voted up!