Congratulations on bringing your first puppy home! Now, before we get to work on this cute little creature, the first and foremost thing that you need to work upon is to understand the concepts of crate training a puppy. This is a great short term option for people who wish to train their dog and make them feel at home. When a puppy is brought home first, it is in a completely new environment, and as a result, often scared. This makes the puppy quite worried, and because they are not potty trained, it can also lead to a lot of frustration for you! However, if you train your dog to be content in a crate, you will be giving your pet a safe, cozy place to call home. Crate training a puppy also provides you with the option of carrying your puppy from one place to another without a hassle. While it seems a pretty good option, it can easily be misused however. Here are some pros and cons to keep in mind when crate training a puppy.
Don’t leave the puppy in there for too long!
Most people think that crate training a puppy simply translates in to leaving the puppy within the crate for long periods of time. Unfortunately, this is not good, and will leave your pup more worried than it already is! It is within a dog’s innate nature to never wet their own beds, and because your pup will usually take time to become accustomed to sleeping in its new surroundings, letting them be inside without supervision will only force them to defecate in their ‘home’. Remember, keeping a pup within the crate is good, unless you do so for a couple of hours at a stretch. Whenever you get down to crate training a puppy, make sure you stand on its head throughout! Puppies usually have energy spikes throughout the day; they will be very active for twenty minutes, and then sleep for two hours. You need to make sure that the ‘active’ period occurs on your watch, outside of the crate.
Don’t use it as a form of punishment!
Let me put it out there; training a puppy can be a hectic task to say the least. You’re likely to be pulling your hair out by the end of the day! Training a puppy requires a lot of hard work and effort, not to mention a great deal of patience on your part to continuously supervise over the pup for long periods of time. Often times, this frustration can lead to some drastic punishments for the puppy. Hence, if you see the pup misbehaving or doing his business on some part of your flooring, do not just pick him up and lock him in his crate. Pups need to understand what they are doing, and eliminating isn’t anything wrong. If you lock the pup in its cage, he/ she will begin to think that you are trying to keep it away from activity. This will confuse them, because you are only just bringing them back to their homes. Pups need a lot of activity and have a lot of pent up energy within themselves in the early stages. Make sure you do not use the crate as a form of punishment; make them feel cozy in their cots!
Make it comfortable for the puppy
We have said it numerous times, and I’ll say it once more: when you go searching for puppy training crates, make sure you buy a comfortable one. Place a cushion at the bottom so the puppy can sleep on it, and depending upon the breed of dog that you own, making sure of the size of the crate is also a very important thing. If you have a Great Dane, buying a small sized crate is not a good idea; your pup will outgrow it sooner than you know. Make sure you buy a spacious crate for your dog, one in which they can easily move around without having to bend their knees or lower their heads.
A lot of people tend to forget these things; make sure you keep these basics in mind when crate training a puppy, and the results will be considerably better!
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Article Added on Sunday, February 22, 2015
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