A Feathers and Fleece Guide to Crate Training
A fool proof method to crate train your new puppy from Feathers and Fleece Farm.
A guide to crate training your new puppy.
- Select a crate that will be big enough for the dogs adult size.
- Place the crate in a permanent location in your home.
- If needed section off a portion of the crate so the puppy has enough room to stand up, turn around and lay down.
- Begin leaving the door open to the crate so your puppy feels comfortable to go in and out of his new crate.
- Next make him stay in the crate for a few minutes by restraining him with your hand.
- Gradually increase the amount of time in the crate until he is comfortable and then, shut the door and reward him with lots of praise.
- This training may take an hours to days depending on the breed and temperament of your puppy.
- Once he feels secure he will be able to sit quietly or sleep.
- Never use the crate as a punishment this will undermine your pets sense of security in their crate.
- Time outs for example are acceptable if playing too rough but not too scold.
- Keep it positive!
- Do not leave your pet in the crate all day for the first few months.
- Your pet can only be expected to hold their urine for the number of months they are old plus one hour.
- You can cover the crate with a towel at night to prevent them from crying and to help him relax.
- Hollow toys such as Kongs stuffed with peanut butter, cheese or dog food are great tools to occupy your dog in the crate and keep him busy for hours.
- If your dog has an accident in the crate is likely because the crate was too large, or because your dog was left in the crate too long.
- Always take your dog outside to potty before placing him in the crate.