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Crate training your puppy is a kindness

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Easy guide to show you how to start crate training your puppy

All training starts with taking advantage of natural animal instincts to reinforce the behavior you desire as you will see in this crate training instructions.

Crate training your puppy from a young age establish you as the Alpha member of his “pack”. Not only does it give him his own space where he’ll feel secure and comfortable, which is especially important in a household with other dogs, but offers clear and easily understandable lines of discipline and acceptable behavior.

The primary use for a crate is house training, as dogs don’t like to soil their sleeping areas. Another is that dogs love predictability – to know what is going to happen in any given situation which makes them happy and secure. The crate can also limit access to the rest of the house while learning rules, like not to chew on furniture, crates are also a safe way to travel with your dog in the car.

A crate that is just the right size will be perceived as his “den”, where puppies never mess, where they can comfortably stand and turn around. To encourage your puppy to “like” his new den, you should equip it with soft bedding and start with placing a tasty treat inside for him to retrieve, while leaving the door open. Let him come and go freely for an hour or so and offer high praise each time he enters the crate, making it an overall pleasant experience.

From there, when his attention is on his treat, close the door for 10 or 20 seconds and praise him quietly, “What a good boy, it’s ok, such a good boy!”. Then let him out without praise, just a pat. Do this for increasingly longer intervals, but do not give him a chance to get upset. It is crucial that every training session ends on a happy note.

Once he sees the crate is his own private territory, he will go in there on his own, expecting treats and attention. When he does, say, “Wanna crate?” with a happy face while getting his treats. Start leaving the room while he is in there for 2 minutes, gradually increasing the time. When you return, don’t make a fuss, just walk over and open the crate.

Should your puppy cry while in the crate, do not give him attention or removed them while crying. No matter what, make sure he is being good when you open the door, he will soon learn to be quiet to get out. Do not make a fuss, just gently open the door and take him out to relieve himself. When he potties, praise him to high heaven! If your puppy has an “accident” in the crate do not discipline, just clean it up without emotion. He will soon learn his lesson. If possible, try to clean it while he is outside so he returns to a fresh crate. Ensure your puppy is exercised before being crated and don’t crate a young puppy for longer than 2 hours at a time, it is important not make a prison of his crate.

Never punish your puppy in the crate, he’ll dread going back. Crate your puppy only until you can trust him not to destroy the house. After that, it should be a place he goes to voluntarily as a comfortable and safe space.

Reasons to consider crate training for your puppy:

  • It will create an environment where they feel very safe and secure.
  • Puppies may experience some measure of separation anxiety when left alone. This leads to undesirable or destructive behaviour including chewing, digging, or even voiding their bowels. When placed in a crate, he will feel safe because nothing can harm him. He will sleep and chew and wait for you to return.
  • Crate training can be very beneficial when leaving him overnight at the vet. With crate training, he is sure you will return, as you always do. Otherwise your dog will cry the entire time, feeling lost and abandoned. The vet’s office is strange and will cause anxiety, but nothing like the pure terror he will feel without any experience of being confined.

Cosmic Pets offer a range of collapsible canvas crates and carriers, ideal for crate training and lightweight for travel.

Crate training your puppy is a kindness

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Stefanie Bosman is passionate about improving the quality of life of pets, and the humans that love them – one fur kid at a time! She is the owner of Cosmic Pets™, offering a wide range of products that are pet approved and people friendly. For more information visit www.cosmicpets.co.za or contact info@cosmicpets.co.za
Stefanie Bosman
The bond that people have with their pets is very unique and each connection is different. No matter what that relationship may be, one thing is a given – pets are very important in the lives of those that have them. Developed out of the love and passion for the care of pets and their well-being, the Cosmic Pets™ range was born. This brand has captured the imagination of South African consumers since 2006 and prides itself on products that are pet approved and people friendly. With more than 10 years’ experience, the Cosmic Pets™ brand is known and respected within the industry and loved by its customers. Although Cosmic Pets™ do not sell directly to consumers, you can find the range of products in more than 300 respected retailers, pet shops , veterinary clinics and pet care professionals throughout South Africa. The range includes collapsible pet carriers, pet playpens, pet pods, Happy Pet Hygiene Solutions and a wide variety of cat trees – all items to keep your fur kid/s safe, comfortable and entertained. All products, excluding consumables are covered by an industry leading one year manufacturer’s warranty. In keeping with a premium product range you can be assured of exceptional customer service and outstanding after sales support from the Cosmic Pets™ team. Stefanie Bosman, the owner of Cosmic Pets™ is passionate about improving the quality of life for your fur kids and also actively supports worthy causes that promote pet health and wellness including pet shelters such as Kitty and Puppy Haven and the Cataholics Kitty Shelter.
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