Crate Training

It has come to my attention that a vet on a daytime TV programme advised guardians to leave their puppies to cry out whilst in their crate. They even suggested buying good ear plugs to block out their puppy. This is absolutely NOT what you should do

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Why isn’t it a good idea?

A crate should be a safe and secure place for your puppy. We want our puppies to LOVE being in their crate and not see it as a form of punishment or place that feels them with anxiety.

A crate should never be used to punish your puppy. We want to avoid any negative associations and always keep the crate being a positive and happy place.

If you leave your puppy to just cry out whilst in their crate, it does nothing but create horrible associations with both crate and being left on their own.

Why are crates useful?

– To help your puppy rest (they need lot’s of sleep)
– A safe way for them to travel in your vehicle
– Your dog may be injured and have to have limited mobility for a while
– If you cannot supervise your puppy for a bit, the crate provides a safe space
– If your puppy is getting a bit too much, put them in the crate with something to do (such as a snuffle mat or kong) to provide them with some mental stimulation. Hopefully they’ll have a nap after too!

Introducing the Crate

Don’t rush your puppy and don’t hurry up with closing them in the crate. Leave the door open and allow them to explore inside. You could feed them in their crate, hide food, play toys with them in the crate. Create lot’s of fun and positive assocations with the crate. If you are putting your puppy in the crate at night, perhaps have the crate close to your bed until your puppy starts to grow more confidence in their new home.

Let your puppy make the choice to go in the crate, don’t force them. With each positive association, your puppy will want to be in their crate more as it can predict nice things.

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