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Crate training a young dog is not always a straightforward process and does require a little time and effort. However, owning a crate trained dog can be extremely useful in a number of situations. You can use the crate to transport your dog, to limit their access to your home or as a safe place for them to sleep in.

If you have a new puppy and they are slowly destructing the contents of your home through their chewing habits, limiting their access to the house until he learns house rules is a great solution to the problem. Additionally, if you are hoping to regularly travel around with your dog, then making sure they are crate trained is one of the safest ways of transporting them. It is important to ensure your dog views the crate as somewhere they can enjoy spending time in. Therefore, it is essential that you correctly carry out the process, here is how to crate train a dog.

How to Crate Train a Dog: Selecting a Crate

Dog crates come in a variety of styles and sizes and are available to buy from most animal or pet supply shops. They are usually made from plastic or metal and feature collapsible properties. The crate you decide on for your dog should be sufficient in room; just large enough him or her to stand up and turn around easily. If you are buying the crate for a puppy, you need to bear in mind how big your dog will grow. Make sure they will still fit in the crate once they are fully grown.

labrador in a crate

The Process

The crate training process can take anywhere from just a few days to several weeks to perfect. This will depend on the age of your dog, along with their temperament and past experiences. It is essential that the crate is always associated with something pleasant. This will encourage your dog to willingly spend time in the crate. Furthermore, it is important that you do not rush the training process. Make sure it is implemented via a series of small steps.

Step 1: Introduce Your Puppy to The Crate

Introduce your puppy to the crate by leaving it in a regularly used area of your home. Place a soft blanket or new dog bed into the crate to make it seem more inviting. Once the dog has noticed the crate, you can call it over and talk to the puppy in a positive tone of voice. Make sure to securely fasten the door open so that it won’t accidentally swing open and frighten the dog.

You can then start to encourage the puppy to get into the crate. Place dog treats or small pieces of food near to the door and then just inside of the crate. If at first, he doesn’t wish to go all the way in, it is important not to force him to. However, if he is eating the treats, then continue to place them inside of the crate until he goes all the way in to retrieve the food. Alternatively, if your puppy is uninterested in the treats, you can try tossing his or favourite toy in to the crate. This process is likely to last several days but can take only a few minutes to master.

Step 2: Feed Your Puppy In The Crate

Once you have successfully introduced your puppy to the crate and they are now familiar with it, you can start to feed him his regular meals inside of it. This will help create a positive association with the crate. Once he has eaten his meals inside the crate several times with ease, you can then close the door. The first time you do this, you must make sure you open the door as soon as he finishes so not to panic him. After each successive feeding, leave the door closed for a few extra minutes. Continue to do this process until he can happily stay in the crate for a good 10 minutes after eating.

If the puppy starts to whine whilst he is in the crate, it is vital that you do not let him out until he stops. If you take him out of the crate as soon as he begins to whine you will teach him that it is a successful way of getting let out of the crate. Once he has successfully learnt that the crate is a positive place to be, you can continue to increase the amount of time he’s in the crate for.

Step 3: Leave Your Puppy In The Crate For Longer Time Periods

You can start to confine your puppy in the crate for longer periods of time once he is content with eating his meals in there. Encourage him into the crate using treats but wait to give it to him until he has entered the crate and the door has been shut.

Once he can happily spend longer than 30 minutes in the crate alone while you are out of the room, you can then start to leave him in the crate whilst you leave the house. Make sure to leave him with a few of his favourite toys to keep him entertained. However, it is important not to leave your dog in the crate for longer than four to five hours during the daytime.

If you wish to keep your puppy in the crate overnight then it is a good idea to start by keeping the crate nearby, like your bedroom or nearby hallway. Puppies often need to be let outside during the night and it is important you can hear when they whine to be let out. This is also necessary for older dogs. Keep their crates nearby to you so that the crate does not become associated with social isolation. Once your puppy sleeps through the night with the crate near to you, you can then begin to move it closer to your preferred location.


If you have followed our advice and implemented all of the steps we have suggested in order, then you can be sure to have a crate-trained puppy in no time at all. If you are looking for dogs for sale in Milton Keynes, then get in touch with Desirabullz today.

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