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How to Crate Train a Puppy In Six Easy Steps

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Last updated on July 27th, 2022 at 03:39 pm

Congrats on your new puppy. How to crate train a puppy? Is it really necessary? What should I look out for?

Crate training puppies is a great way to teach them manners and good behavior. The crate training also helps dogs become better house pets because they get used to being contained.

Crate training puppies is very important for their health and well-being. The benefits include:

• They are less likely to bite or chew things

• Dogs are calmer

How to crate train a puppy or dog in a way that is both safe and enjoyable.

The crate is a dog’s safe place. You can crate train your dog in the following steps.

Finding the best crate for your dog is key. No matter your dog’s age, size, or breed, it is required to have: Crate Training.

General consideration before starting the crate training:

An over-excited, hyperactive dog should not come out of the crate!  

The whole point of the crate is for the puppy to relax and sleep and calm down.  

The darkness will help the puppy fall asleep and create a peaceful  womb-like area

Don’t let the puppy out until she stops barking and calms down

Keep a regular routine:  Exercise, eat, and potty

How to crate train your dog in 6 easy steps:

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#1 Choose the Right Crate for Your Dog

One of the most important things to keep in mind when picking the right crate is the size dog crate you should get your puppy should only have just enough room to turn around and lay down in their crate.

They should not be able to play on one side and potty on the other they also should not be able to pace and circle as this actually allows them to build up their anxiety while in the crate.

If the crate is too big you’re going to notice that your puppy has a lot more accidents in their crate, this is because the more movement they’re allowed to have in there the more their system is going to be processing, ideally, we want them to just remain calm relaxed and resting while in their crate.

#2 Know how Your Dog Will Be Most Comfortable

Most dogs are comfortable being petted on the chest, the shoulders, and the base of the neck

#3 Introduce your dog to the crate

Place the crate in an area of your house where the family spends a lot of time, such as the family room. Put a soft blanket or bed in the crate. 

Encourage your dog to enter the crate by dropping some small food treats nearby, then just inside the door, and finally, all the way inside the crate.

#4 Feed your dog meals in the crate

Then begin feeding them their regular meals near the crate. Once your dog is standing comfortably in the crate to eat their meal, you can close the door while they’re eating. The first time you do this, open the door as soon as they finish their meal.

#5 Play crate games

The dog shouldn’t see the crate as a negative place. To ensure this, incorporate the crate into fun games where the pup goes in and out of the open crate at their own will.

#6 Be patient

Prepare yourself for at least six months of training. There will be ups and downs since dogs aren’t linear learners, but success will come.

How to crate train a puppy — benefits

  • Gives your dog a place to go when tired, nervous, or stressed.
  • Can help with toilet training – dogs naturally tend to avoid making a mess where they sleep.
  • Helps to settle dogs into new environments.
  • A safe place for your puppy/dog to go when not supervised.
  • If the crate is suitable for travel this can make traveling with your dog much easier.

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What do you need, a dog crate heavy-duty or dog crate plastic?

How to dog crate train? I recommend using metal crates while crate training my dogs, but any plastic crates are OK, I find that these are easier to adjust as puppies grow because most metal crates come with a divider that can be moved as your puppy grows.

The metal crates tend to be more open and airy unless you cover them which is what I would recommend you do if you chose one of the metal crates I also found the dogs that continually had accidents in a metal crate did far better in a plastic crate when they were switched over.

If you decide to use a metal crate make sure that you not only use the divider but cover the crate too.

Your puppy feels more comfortable and safe

Dog crate cover, why?

The key to covering the crate is to make sure that you have something bigger over the top such as a piece of plywood or cardboard so that when you put a sheet over the top the sides do not touch.

Now we cover the so that your puppy doesn’t pull in the sheet and start chewing on it. The benefits of a metal crate are that they don’t topple over if you use them for traveling sometimes plastic crates do.

If you buy one of the better quality ones most metal crates have a tray that can be easily removed for cleaning purposes, however, the downfalls of the metal crate are that they are more open and airy, unless you cover them they do tend to rust over time.

They are much heavier than the plastic crates they are noisier when dogs move around in them, and some of the metal crates are made of poor quality materials, and dogs have been known to escape them very easily.

  • I find the plastic crates are far easier to clean they are very durable most of them are made of a thicker plastic that’s pretty hard to break.

Crate training a puppy with cover: Most plastic crates travel well in a vehicle or when flying.  But make sure that if your were puppies plastic crate has a smaller base it may be easier to tip over in a vehicle and for that reason, you may need to secure it in the vehicle using a seat belt or straps.

  • Plastic crates don’t fold well and if you get a cheap one they don’t last as long.

The wooden crates might be a good investment if your puppy is well past the teething and chewing stage.

Now, these are great for dogs (dog crate XXL)  that have proven themselves trustworthy and don’t have accidents or are well beyond the chewing stage.

We tend to use these kinds of crates for events such as agility or obedience competitions. Not when we’re working on crate training a brand new puppy.

Once you’ve determined which kind of crate you want your puppy to stay in when you leave or for naptime during the day or bedtime you’re going to want to make sure you measure your puppy so that you get the right crate size.

What size of a dog crate

  1. Now, you’re going to measure your puppy from the ground to the top of their head and add about 2 to 3 inches this should be the perfect height for your puppy’s crate
  2. Next, you want to measure from the tip of their nose to the base of their tail and add about 2 to 3 in to find out how long your puppy’s crate should be your puppy shouldn’t be packed into their crate like a sardine in a can however like I said before we don’t want your puppy to have so much space that they pay syndrome around in there as this will only create behavioral problems later down the road.
  3. Now don’t forget if you are experiencing some unwanted behaviors from your puppy like barking, or jumping accidents in the house don’t use the crate as punishment.

Can you tell me which crate are you going to choose (plastic/metal/wood soft-sided)? – Please respond in the comments below


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