Crate Training

Purpose of crate training is to house train, establish behaviors when you are not home, establish routines and schedules and to give them a safe den to feel comfortable in.

-Routines and structure is the key to house training

Wake up puppy comes out of crate and outside for about 20 to 30 min.

Puppy comes in and goes back into crate for feeding. In the crate for about 30 min to finish meal

Puppy comes out of crate and outside for about 30 min then can play inside for a while.

Set your timer for the first week to take the puppy out about every hour. The second week set the timer for 2 hours, third week every 3 to 4 hours. By the fourth week your puppy should start to tell you by going to the door to go outside.

Evening right before feeding send the puppy out for 30min

Puppy comes in and goes back into the crate for feeding. In the crate for about 30 min to finish meal

Send the puppy back out for about 30 min after meal

Bring puppy back in to play and spend time with the family

-When puppy is in the house always have them drag the leash around

-Have water down inside and outside all of the time

-When you are not home puppy is always in the crate for the first 1.5 to 2 years of the puppy/dogs life

-Puppy always sleeps in the crate at night until they are 6 months or you have had the puppy for 6 months you have had the puppy

-After 6 months you can start letting your puppy sleep out of the crate as long as they are sleeping through the night and not creating bad habits

-The crate should be a den and used to calm your puppy. This should be used if you can not watch the puppy. It is ok to put your puppy in the crate when you cannot supervise your puppy

-The crate is used to teach your puppy what to do when you are not home, we want them sleeping lounging and relaxing when you are not home. It is also used to keep your puppy from establishing bad habits in your home from house training to chewing or getting on furniture or counters

-You can put beds or blankets in the crate

-The best crates are ones you can create a den feel not a cage feel

-Do not put chew toys, kongs or bones in the crate, this will create habits of your dog being busy when you are away

-All chew toys should be outside or around the house

Have inside and outside toys

-Make sure you use a crate that is the size the dog will be as an adult, do not block off the crate just use it as it is, they will enjoy it much better.

Joe Dickinson