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​Important New Puppy Crate Training Questions

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A new puppy is a wonderful addition to a family. Their cute barks and playful attitudes light up your life whenever you play with them. They also add new responsibilities to your life, such as potty training, place training, and crate training. Patience and consistency is key when training a new puppy.

Why should I crate train my new puppy?

Dogs are naturally den animals. They prefer spaces where they can feel safe, sleep peacefully, recover from an injury, or potentially raise a family.

Similar to humans, dogs prefer their own space.

Another benefit is that while you’re out of the house, you can crate your dog. Having the peace of mind that your dog isn’t soiling your carpet or chewing on your couch is an added bonus.

Take advantage of your dog’s natural instincts.

A final benefit is the various times in life when your dog may need to be confined, whether taking them on vacation or at the veterinarian’s clinic. A crate-trained dog typically behaves better in various confined situations since you’ve trained them to trust you when you place them there.

What if my new puppy doesn’t like its crate?

It’s common for a new puppy to not like its crate. It’s new, scary, and uncomfortable. The puppy may experience separation anxiety due to you placing them in the crate and leaving the room or house, too.

Your new puppy may continuously cry while in its crate. This is normal. Most puppies don’t like to be alone or confined. They’re learning. Don’t give in.

Finally, actively work with your puppy and its crate. The first time it encounters the enclosed space shouldn’t be on a Friday afternoon before you leave for a weekend vacation.

Gradual, consistent time spent in the crate will prepare your furry friend for longer durations in confined spaces as needed.

Here are a few other important reminders:

  • Crate size: does it fit your dog?
  • Crate location: does the crate positively reinforce use?
  • Rewards: do you praise the dog for using their den?
  • Patience: remember, training takes time.
  • Command: do you use a cue to “kennel” your dog?
  • Duration: how long do you keep your dog in its crate?

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What if my new puppy is pooping in its crate?

Typically, you can judge a dog’s bladder size by its body size. Smaller dogs tend to need to be let out to go potty more often than larger dogs. How you train your dog can also affect their ability to wait to go potty outside instead of in their crate or on their washable puppy pad.

It’s important to remember that dogs prefer to keep their dens clean and neat, because it’s where they sleep.

You wouldn’t want to pee in your own bed, so don’t expect your dog to either.

Take your new puppy to its pee pad or outdoors at regular intervals throughout the day to positively reinforce the action.

When crate training your new puppy, remember to be patient. Your new friend is learning about the world. You are its primary source for feedback. Whilst in training your puppy may have an accident in the house. You can handle this a few different ways, either train with washable puppy pads and/or consistently take your fuzzy friend outdoors throughout the day. Order New Puppy Pads online today and have it delivered directly to your door.