Training a puppy to stay inside a crate can help them to have their personal quiet, safe and comfortable space. It is useful to curtail unwanted behaviour especially when they are not being monitored. Crates also come in handy when you need to transport your puppy in a vehicle.
There are different types of cages available:
- Plastic/flight kennels.
- Fabric on a rigid or collapsible frame.
- Collapsible metal cage.
Step in Crate Training your Puppy are:
- Choose the right crate befitting your dog’s age, breed and lifestyle.
- Introduce your dog to the crate by keeping it close to the centre of activities in the house; drop food and treats near the cage.
- Start feeding treats and food inside the crate. Close the door when it starts eating and open it after the meal.
- Increase the crate time and start leaving the dog aside during feeding.
- Start crating at night and when you are leaving the house.
- Repeat the process and reward every step with treats till your dog gets used to it.
While crating is good and has a lot of advantages, these cautions should be noted.
- A crate should not be used as a punishment.
- Don’t leave your puppy in a crate all day. It can lead to a lack of exercise and depression.
- Puppy under4 months should not stay in a crate for more than 3-4 hours, or it will pee/poo inside.
- Ensure your crate has a comfortable bed and door.
- Your dog should not spend most of its life in a crate.