How to Crate Train Your Puppy

Find out how to crate train your new puppy by seeing what I did with Kilo the Pug. With the right crate, training and care, a dog’s crate can become one of their favorite places to sleep or take a break. It is a safe area where they can relax and not get into trouble if you can not supervise them or if they feel anxious. It can also be helpful in toilet training as most dogs do not like to soil their sleeping area.
Of course you should never leave a puppy or dog too long in their crate during the day or even at night and make sure you take them potty, socialize and exercise them enough.
I am not an expert trainer but I figure, if I can do it, so can you! I introduced Kilo to his crate from the first day we started fostering him and he LOVES his crate now. It was great for me as I did not know what he would get up to if I was not watching him. I knew he and the cat and the house were safe with him in his crate. Plus he could not go and pee and poop all over the house during the night (he was not properly house-trained). Your dog’s crate should be a clean, safe and welcoming place. To do this, place a bed, a soft blanket and your dog’s favourite safe toys inside. Kilo has a small bed to curl up in on a bigger mattress and blankie. Everything is washable.
Make sure that the crate is large enough for your dog to move comfortably in and grow into. Start training by coaxing your dog to go into the crate. You can do this by tossing in their favorite treat or toy in. When they enter the crate, reward them. Gradually add a marker phrase when you reward them. I use “Night, night” and I have friends that say “kennel up”. I give Kilo frozen stuffed Kongs so he is happy, occupied and relaxed for longer when he goes into his crate.
You can even feed your dog meals in the crate to create a positive atmosphere for your dog. This can be very effective if you have multiple dogs or puppies as no one steals or fights over food.

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