A Guide To Crate Training Your Puppy While At Work

Crate training is one means to keep your puppy properly behaved while you work. You have to note however that successful crate training does not happen overnight, it requires time and effort.Below is a step-by-step guide on how to successfully crate train your puppy.

1. Make Your Puppy Fall in Love with Their Crate

Your puppy should see their crate as a cozy space and not as a prison. This can be achieved by making the crate as comfy as can be, and using treats and other positive reinforcements.

Start by scattering treats all around the crate, and wait for your puppy to explore and consume them, and then eventually extend the scattering inside the crate. Ensure to use praise and positive reinforcement each time the puppy investigates the crate. This step should be repeated at least five to six times.

2. Feed Your Pup Food in The Crate

Nothing could make a crate more appealing than a meal. After your puppy has become comfortable entering the crate, place a little portion of their meal in the crate. If the puppy rushes the meal and seeks more, praise them then, give them another round.

3. Give the Crate a Name

Giving the crate a name would help your puppy understand and flow well with verbal commands in the later stages of the training. The name should be preferably simple and not complicated. Names as simple as “crate”, “den”, or “bed” will work perfectly fine.

4. Teach Your Puppy Cues by Using Treats and Positive Reinforcement

Each time you place treats in the crate, say the ward “crate”, when the puppy goes straight into the crate, say ‘good crate’. This is to give a name to what the puppy is doing. Next step is to close the door for a little while after the puppy enters, praise the puppy and give treats through the openings or bars. Start with a few seconds and then increase the time gradually, repeating several times a day.

5. Prepare Your Puppy for Your Absence

This is probably the hard part. Start by taking a step back after giving them a treat through the bars or openings of the crate, and praise them verbally when they behave. Subsequently, gradually increase your number of steps from the crate and the you are away before returning to the crate.

6. Leave the Room

Start this step slow, leaving your puppy in the crate for just very few seconds. Then gradually increase the time you spend away from the puppy, leaving them preoccupied with a toy or special treat. Go into other rooms, get yourself busy with an activity that the puppy would notice. At the end of this step, they must have become comfortable with playing in the crate on their own.

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