|Steps to crate training a puppy!|
|You have a new puppy – but you don’t know where to start? |
Puppies can get into a lot of trouble and eat things they are not supposed to – so a lot of homes use crate training as a way to help with potty training and to keep their puppy safe when they are not home.
1. Choose a spot: Choose a quiet, out-of-the-way spot to set up your puppy’s crate.
2. Introduce the crate: Place a soft blanket or mat inside the crate and leave the door open. Encourage your puppy to explore the crate by tossing in treats and toys.
3. Gradually build up time: Start by feeding your puppy its meals inside the crate, with the door open. As your puppy becomes more comfortable, close the door for short periods of time while you are home.
4. Use positive reinforcement: Reward your puppy with treats and praise when it enters the crate on its own.
5. Gradually increase the time: As your puppy gets more comfortable with the crate, gradually increase the amount of time it spends inside.
6. Gradually reduce the treats: Reduce the frequency of treats as your puppy becomes more familiar with the crate.
7. Practice: Gradually increase the amount of time your puppy spends in the crate while you are away from home.
8. Never use the crate as punishment: The crate should be a positive, safe space for your puppy. Never use it as a punishment.
9. Be patient: Crate training takes time and patience, but with consistent effort, your puppy will learn to love its crate as a safe and comfortable space.