How to Crate Train

puppy crate Crate training a puppy is one of the best things you can do which will have benefits in your home and also for any times when your dog has to be placed in a cage whilst at the vet or dog groomer.

A crate is an ideal place to put a dog's bed. Vet bedding is synthetic sheepskin and is ideal for a crate as it can be cut to size and is machine washable. The crate can be covered with a sheet or blanket to provide a dark and cosy den where your dog can relax and sleep.

Dog cages come in various shapes and sizes. Most can be folded flat for travel. Buy one which will be big enough for your puppy to stand up, turn around and lie down when he is fully grown. A crate can be fixed inside your car boot to esnure your dog travels safely and does not jump out of the car as soon as you open the door.

    Crate Training Tips
  1. Leave the door open until your dog is used to settling in the crate.
  2. Feed your dog in the crate with ther door open.
  3. Throw toys and small food treats in the crate to encourage your dog to go inside.
  4. Feed more treats while the dog is inside the crate.
  5. Place your puppy in the crate whenever he falls asleep.
  6. Make sure you are there when your puppy wakes up, so that you can take him outside to wee.
  7. Gradually build up the time when your dog is in the crate with the door closed. Start with just a few seconds and reward with food.
  8. Place a Kong stuffed with food or peanut butter in the crate to occupy your dog. Leave the room for a few minutes and return. Keep repeating and increase the time when you are outside the room and the dog is shut in the crate.
  9. Leave the crate open so that your dog can use it as a bed and come and go as he pleases.
Modular Dog Cages

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