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How to Crate Train Your Puppy – 5 Tips to Crate Train Puppies

5 Tips to Crate Train Puppies Introduce correctly, your puppy will welcome
and even enjoy spending time in his crate. The puppy’s crate should never be a place
of punishment if you want him to consider it a pleasant experience. So use these tips
to help your puppy claim the space as his own home-sweet-home. 1. Make It Familiar: While well-adjusted puppies
tend to be curious, some tend toward shyness. Anything new prompts suspicion. So make the
crate “part of the furniture” and set it out in the family room for your new puppy
to explore. Leave the door open and let him sniff it inside and out. 2. Make It A Happy Place: Place a snuggly
blanket or dog bed inside. Or you can toss a toy inside, and encourage him to go get
it. You want him to have positive experiences with the crate. 3. Offer A Treat: Find a puzzle toy that can
be stuffed with a smelly, tasty treat. This should be a treat your puppy loves, but he
ONLY gets the treat when inside the crate. Show it to him, let him smell and taste the
treat, and then toss it inside the crate and shut the door–with the puppy outside the
crate and the treat on the inside. That shows him that an absolutely scrumptious puppy treat
is inside, out of paw-reach. And after he’s begged and scratched and whined to get inside,
open the door and let him get the toy. Allow him to chew and enjoy it for five minutes
with the door shut. 4. Teach Him Tolerance: Some pups settle down
and enjoy their treat with no fanfare. Others throw a fit and want out. So if your puppy
fusses let him out–but lock the treat back inside. You’re teaching him that wonderful
things can be found inside the crate. Most pups learn to tolerate the door shut at least
as long as they have something to munch. 5. Extend Crate Time: Over a week’s period
or so, increase the length of time that puppy stays inside the crate with the treat toy.
In between training periods, just leave the door open. You’ll be surprised how often
a worn-out puppy might seek out crate time on his own for a nap—or to get away from
the cat. Once your puppy accepts the crate as a fact
of puppy life, you can move the crate to a more acceptable spot in the house. A place
next to your own bed will let the puppy sleep in his own spot but near your familiar smells
and presence. That also offers you a more private area to
seclude him, when necessary, from activities in the living area or kitchen that might keep
him from stimulating. If you want to know more information please
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