Crate Training Dogs: The Right Way and the Wrong Way - Part
Part2: Does your puppy want to be crate trained?
Yes! in fact, he does. Your puppy or dog will soon see his
crate as a place of security, IF it's approached correctly.
The crate is NEVER to be used as a punishment. Introduce it
gradually and gently; make the crate and your pet's puppy potty
training a positive and happy experience and he will come to view
his crate like Linus views his blanket.
Make sure your puppy has a balance of crate time and activity
time. He needs ample exercise to be healthy. This is an important
part to crate training dogs and puppy potty training.
Being in the crate too much will have a negative effect on his
personality and puppy behavior. And being loose all the time will
get him into trouble and may also serve to make him feel insecure
A Few Crate Training Dogs Tips:
1. If you can't supervise, your pup needs to be in the
This goes for dogs as well. Until your dog or puppy is
reliable with each stage of puppy potty training, freedom should
This doesn't mean your pet should be in the crate all the
time, but instead watched at all times. And make sure your puppy
or dog gets ample exercise during this time. DON'T use the crate
TOO much. This can also be detrimental to your puppy's or dog's
physical and mental well-being.
In Puppy Potty Training I give an example of a step by step
schedule for crate training puppies.
2.The crate should be an appropriate size for the weight and
size of your puppy.
For crate training puppies you may have to find one that is
adjustable, however I'm not a fan of these as they're not
enclosed and don't promote the feeling of security near as much
as the enclosed crates.
If using an enclosed crate during puppy potty training, then
you can block off the back portion of the crate with something
and allow more room as your puppy grows. Make sure that whatever
you use to customize the size of your crate is safe and secure
and won't pose any danger to your puppy.
For crate training dogs all you need to do is make sure it's
an appropriate size for the dog. He needs to be able to turn
around comfortably but not be able to go to one end of the crate
and do his business and then return to a clean end. With puppies
and dogs this is an important thing to remember when choosing a
3. For every month of the age of your puppy, that is how to
get an idea of how long he can be crated at one time, (months to
4. Never use the crate as punishment. Never bang on the crate
to make your puppy stop whining. This can cause other behavior
problems to be exhibited.
The Biggest Contributors to Behavior Problems:
Yelling, scolding, hitting, swatting, especially rubbing his
nose in it (which is the worst), or getting upset at your puppy
or dog only causes him to become fearful of you, and to be
confused (usually both). And this makes potty training much more
difficult for both of you.
These archaic methods are the biggest contributors to problem
dog behavior, (not just in their puppy stages, but lasting an
entire lifetime). Real Training causes your dog to "learn", and a
puppy or dog can't "learn" if they're afraid and/or confused.
The Best News About Appropriate Crate Training:
The greatest thing about my effective but gentle method of
crate training dogs, (or crate training puppies) for puppy potty
training is that you will be building the loving relationship
you've always wanted with your dog based on positive and
rewarding experiences together as opposed to him doing things out
of fear, pain or punishment.
Instead of performing because he is "forced", your puppy or
dog will come to please you naturally. This makes the dog's
behavior much more reliable and consistent and gives him a more
confident and cooperative personality.
Successfully crate training dogs, (and crate training puppies)
can be done very simply through the natural and gentle methods I
explain in Puppy Potty Training.
My gentle and effective methods of puppy potty training,
applied in crate training dogs, will build a positive
relationship of cooperation between you and your dog during his
puppy potty training stage.
It's very possible to get your puppy potty trained without
having to use punishment and without having to clean up messes
all the time.
My typical experience with a new puppy is anywhere between 1
and 4 accidents-total. And the results are always a very reliably
potty trained, healthy and happy canine companion.
Kathleen Amaro is the owner of http://www.puppy-potty-training.com.
Her instantly downloadable ebook "25 Secrets to Raising the
Perfect Puppy" not only tells you how to raise the perfect puppy,
it presents the exact methods of how to crate train your puppy
or dog using only positive and healthy learning techniques.
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