How to Crate Train Your Puppy

A new untrained puppy can cause a lot of problems. He can chew your slippers. He can soil the carpet. He can run around without restraint and cause damage to things.

When you get a new puppy, house training a puppy should be at the top of your to-do list. Get a small dog crate and start training your pet.

Top Reasons For Crate Training A Dog

  • You don’t have to worry about your dog when you leave him alone at home. You know that he is secure, comfortable, and safe in his crate.
  • You can easily housetrain your puppy. Confining your dog to a comfortable crate encourages him to develop control and to get used to going outside to pee or poo. It also prevents mishaps at night or when your puppy is left on his own.
  • You can shut in your dog when you are entertaining guests or taking your meals. You can also confine him when he gets overexcited or upset by too much activity on special occasions (like children running).
  • You are able to travel with your puppy without any difficulty. The crate will serve as your pet’s security blanket.

Best Crate Training Tips

Familiarize your pet with the crate.

Cover the crate’s bottom with a soft blanket or an old shirt. Make sure that your puppy feels at ease and comfortable in the crate.

Do not coerce your pet to go inside the crate. Entice him by putting some of his favorite nibbles inside the crate. When he enters the crate, lavish him with praises.

If he refuses to get in, gently pick him up. Put him inside but make sure to leave the door open. If your puppy looks upset or scared, pet him.

Don’t let him stay inside for a long time. Call him to join you outside after he spends a few minutes inside the crate. Gradually increase the time he spends inside the crate until he is completely at ease.

Wait for the time that your puppy seems willing to go in and out of the crate. When he does not show the slightest trace of fright, you can start closing the door. Keep the door closed only for a few minutes. When you notice that your puppy seems comfortable by the experience, keep the door closed for a longer time. Your puppy will eventually think nothing about staying in the crate on his own.

Once your dog seems comfortable about staying inside the crate for an acceptable length of time, train him to take his meals inside the crate. If he barks or whines after he finishes eating, use a strong and commanding tone of voice to say, “No.” You can also try tapping the crate’s door to reinforce your message. In due time, your puppy will learn not to cry or whine when he is inside the crate.

Train your puppy to stay inside the crate for longer periods. 

Increase the time you let your dog stay inside the crate. Be liberal with your praises. He will eventually get used to it and willingly stay there without complaint. Teach your puppy to eliminate outdoors.

Each time that you allow your puppy to get out of the crate, take him outside for a stroll so he can do his business. He will eventually learn to associate potty time with after-crate time. Make sure to praise him!

Teach him to stay in the crate all night.

Let your pet stay inside the crate for an entire night. He may whimper during the first couple of nights but will eventually learn to adjust to his new home. Take him outside when you think that he needs to relieve himself. Don’t forget to lavish him with praise every time he relieves himself. Be consistent — consistency is critical when you are training your puppy. Generally, your puppy will be able to stay asleep and not need to take a potty break at night when he reaches the age of four months.

You can learn to crate train your puppy if you have the patience and determination to do so. If you find it really difficult to learn how to crate train a dog, you can consider enrolling him in puppy training classes.