How To Train Your Puppy In A Dog Crate (And Leave It In The Room)
Crates should be large enough for a dog to lie down and turn around in. A crate that is too small will make your dog uncomfortable. Start by adding something soft, warm, and washable at the bottom of the crate. Small throw blankets, towel, and crate pad work well. You may want to put some chew toys, plush animals, squeaky toys, or food dispensing toys inside. When you first close the crate door, stay in the room. If the dog seems hesitant to step into the crate, try throwing a few treats inside. Slowly work your way up to leaving your dog in the crate for longer periods. A dog crate is a great tool for managing your dog's behavior. Puppies need time to run around, play and socialize with their new family. A common mistake dog owners make is using the crate as a form of punishment. The goal of crate training is to create a happy environment. Puppy owners can be trained from birth to six months old. They can also be trained for up to 12 months. Dogs can go through a range of training programs to get ready for adoption. . . .