How To Make A Crate Training Puppy Schedule?
Congratulations on your newest furry family addition! You may anticipate a whirlwind of fun, rage, and emotion.
Many of your questions concern when and how to train your new dog. Since crate training is one of the most important aspects of training, we’ll talk about it today.
A crate may be a handy tool, whether your new family member is a newborn puppy or an older dog. It can help with potty training, settling, and teething. It’s a great way to introduce your dog to a routine.
What Exactly Is Crate Training?
Many dog owners are reluctant to crate-train their dogs because they think it is cruel to confine a dog to a “cage.” This misperception is common.
Dogs adore routine more than anything. They are curious as to when and what will occur. They want reassurance that everything is in its proper place and will stay there.
They are looking for assurance that there is a space where they can feel safe.
In comparison to a cage, a crate is more like a den. Your dog knows it is a comfortable, cosy space that is exclusively hers. If the box is big enough and the dog has had enough time to become acclimated to it, there’s no need to be cruel about crating.
Even a typical crate is not necessary. If the thought of putting your dog in a “cage” makes you uncomfortable, use an X-pen or even a tiny space. Make sure the area is welcoming, pleasant, and free of anything that can annoy your dog.
Tips for Successful Crate Training
Every dog is different.
This is the most important thing to remember in mind when crate training. Some dogs quickly take to their crates. It could take others more time to get to know them.
Watch your dog’s behaviour and be ready to change your approach or take if she displays indications of tension or anxiety.
Make a great crate!
Your dog should like being in the crate. Make it as comfortable as possible. She needs to stand, sit and lay down comfortably.
Feed her all of her meals in the crate. Put her favourite toys or chews inside to give her something to do while she’s there.
Your dog shouldn’t be allowed to cause trouble within her crate! Except for the products mentioned above, there shouldn’t be anything else in the box.
Never throw your dog in the crate and shut the door. It’s a step in the process of acclimating her to it. Before taking the following action, always move slowly and make sure your dog is comfortable.
The Crate Training Process
Setting up the crate is step zero.
This procedure starts even before you bring your dog home. Choose a location for the crate in your home. Once your dog learns where the box is, you shouldn’t move it; therefore, make sure it’s a spot you won’t mind having the crate in for a while.
The spot must be peaceful, comfortable, and off-limits. A separate room is ideal, but if that is not great, the most tranquil corner of the family room or bedroom still works nicely. A bedroom is an excellent option if you want to crate your dog for the night.
Living in the same room will make your dog feel more comfortable, and you may take her outside for potty breaks while you’re there.
Put the dog’s bedding, food, water, and a few toys in the crate.
Step 1 is to introduce your dog to the crate.
When you bring your dog home, leave the crate door open. It would help if you didn’t force your dog into the crate. Let her look into it when she has time.
She might enter by herself if the space has a comfortable bed and fun toys.
If she doesn’t seem interested, try placing treats into the crate so she must enter it to retrieve them.
Second step: Create a cue
A good cue is something like “in your crate!” “On your bed!” or “Go to your crate!” are other options. If you feed meals in the crate, which is a great idea, start saying this before you put her food in at mealtimes.
Place some treats inside as you say the cue to use the crate other than during mealtimes. Repeat this a few times per day for a few days. Stop paying her with treats after she consistently enters on command and directs her with your arm instead. If she enters the crate, reward her with a goodie.
Third, close the door.
It’s a great time to test this out after a long leisurely walk or play session when she is fatigued. You may even do it after dinner while everyone else in the house is settling in to watch TV, read, or engage in other activities.
Make sure your dog has fed and urinated before being shut inside. Stay in plain sight, so she doesn’t feel abandoned or have separation anxiety. Please give her a chew or a puzzle toy to keep her busy. Try not to shut her quiet for too long the first few times if you can.
Start with 20 to 60 minutes if possible.
If she barks or cries, ignore her. Release her once she has calmed down. She must realize that you decide when she comes out, not her.
Overnight leave is the fourth step.
You should preferably practice steps two and three numerous times throughout the day before attempting to shut her in for the night.
Make sure she is rested, satisfied, and potty trained before you lock her up for the night. Keep view contact as best you can. She should get some toys.
Barking or whining will not attract your attention.
If a young puppy must go potty during the night, be prepared to get up occasionally. To be deemed potty trained, a puppy must be able to hold her bladder for her age in months plus one. An eight-week-old puppy can therefore have her bladder for three hours.
Example of a crate training timetable
Here is a list of possible activities for your puppy’s crate-training day.
6:00–12:00 pm: Immediately let your dog use the bathroom outside. After giving her food in the crate, taking a long walk, and taking another restroom break, you should give her food. Put her in the box so she can sleep.
From 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm, repeat the steps after allowing her to relieve herself outside, feeding her lunch inside the crate, taking her for a quick stroll or some playtime, and then putting her to bed inside the box.
Between 6:00 and 9:00, feed her dinner in the crate and take her for one last walk. Playtime or training should be used to exhaust her (crate playtime is excellent!).
9 pm Your puppy should be able to hold her bladder for about five hours at twelve weeks. Set the alarm so you will not remember to take her out. Always return her to the crate quietly after a bathroom break.
The Last Word
Crate training doesn’t have to be difficult, despite what it can seem like. Make opening the crate enjoyable. Use a lot of praise and enlightening criticism.
Maintain consistency and humour, and most importantly, have fun! The crate will quickly become a favourite time for your new dog.