Puppy Crate Training: Dos & Don’ts

Crate training is crucial to make your dog feel secure and comfortable in their new space. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the do’s and don’ts while crate training your dog to ensure a positive experience. 

Dos when training your puppy

When you’re purchasing a dog crate for your pet, make sure to buy a perfect-size crate that provides adequate space for your dog to sit, stand and turn around comfortably.

Avoid keeping your dog inside for too long. They require frequent breaks for bathrooms and socialization.

Gradually introduce the dog to the crate. When crate training your dog, provide them with enough freedom to explore the crate on their own.

Try to keep the training sessions short initially. You can gradually increase the duration as your dog becomes more comfortable inside the crate.

Don'ts of crate training a puppy

Don’t use dog crates as a means to punish your dog.

If your dog is anxious, don’t crate-train them without preparation. They may panic or harm themselves while trying to escape.

Don’t use training pads inside the crate, as they create bad habits by allowing your dog to relieve themselves inside the crate.

Don't force your puppy into the crate. Instead, motivate them to enter the crate voluntarily.

Do not put collars, leashes, or harnesses on your dog inside the crate. They may get hurt while trying to free themselves.


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