You might be thinking when will be the right time to begin crate training your puppy or even if that is actually a good idea. In the first two weeks of a puppy they can only learn simple association. During this period they will not learn through experience. This is because your puppy’s brain, motor organs and sense are still undeveloped. With the partial ability to sense and learn it will have less impact on the puppy psychologically, both in a positive or negative sense.
Puppies that are handled and petted correctly by humans regularly during the first two months of life are much more amenable to being trained and living in human household. It is advisable that puppies are placed in their permanent homes between 8 to 10 weeks of age. So this is the best time to start crate training puppies because they will be more fearful of new things between the periods of 10 to 12 weeks. Tendencies are it will be hard for them to adapt a new home. As early as 8 weeks aside from crate training you can teach your puppy of tricks and commands.
Crate training basics
Of course first thing first, you need a crate. There are two types of crates you can choose, a wire mesh or the plastic type of crate. It also comes with different sizes and style. You will need to choose a crate where your dog will be comfortable and to save money you might want to choose something that he can still use when he grows but at the same time not too big for a puppy. A crate that is easy to move is also a plus factor.
- Find the best location to put the crate, it might not be just a one place. Crate training puppies can be in your room at night or in the living room at day where there are people. Just make sure not to put it where the sunlight is coming from a window because it will make the air hot for your puppy.
- Keep the door open, or if you can remove it. Have your puppy examine the crate if he wants. Then slowly make it interesting, put toys or treats from time to time and don’t forget to pet your puppy while it’s inside the crate.
- Only begin to feed your puppy when he is already comfortable inside it, gradually close the door for just a very short period of time while you’re outside. This will give your puppy an assurance that it is safe to be inside the crate. Then if your puppy wishes to go out, don’t give in even if he whines. Once he do that you can let your puppy out. In crate training puppies if you allow your puppy to go out when he whines you are giving him the impression that whining is his way out.
- As you go along always pay attention with the feeling of your dog, crate training takes time for it to be effective. If your puppy is already comfortable when the door is closed while you are there, start leaving on a short period of time, go around the house and slowly increase the time. Giving your puppy a distraction like toys and treat will be useful.
In everything that we do there are always positive and negative effects to it. It provides a good flexibility for both you and your dog, but at the same time have its bad effect on your dog. Let’s take a look at the positive and negative impact crate training puppies.
First we look at the positive thing it can bring you:
- Crate training will help you a lot in potty training puppies.
- You can leave your dog on its crates if necessary, without giving him stress and destruction in your home.
- Travelling with your dog in an airplane or leaving him on a veterinary will also lessen its stress because your puppy is crate trained.
- You can include your puppy on things that happening without constantly tending him.
- A lot of dogs when properly crate trained will seek crate for comfort and relaxation.
- It will also give them a sense of ownership and territory inside the cage.
Let’s take a look now on what are the negative things crate training puppies can give provide:
- Some owners at times leave their dogs on the crates too much, you will ask me how long is too much it will vary because of the situation and your dog.
- A strong frantic dog can get out of most crates, and in the process hurting himself.
- Puppies who already have a separation anxiety will just be more upset in a crate than in a large space.
Crate training has a lot more positive things it can give you and your dog. So I think you can take the bad thing considering you will get a lot from having your puppy crate trained.