So, you’ve brought a new puppy into your home. Congratulations!
No one can deny that puppies are a joy to have. They are cute, bursting with energy, and their unique personalities can keep you entertained for hours. However, it isn’t long before you realize that your new puppy is also a lot of work. Training new puppies, in particular, can feel like a full-time job.
Your new puppy needs to learn the rules of their new home, and then, of course, there’s always house training, which can be a difficult task. Crate training can be a helpful first step in getting your new pet situated in your home. But there is a right way and a wrong way to crate train your new puppy. Read on for our tips on how to successfully introduce your new dog to their crate.
First off, why should you crate train? Crate training has many benefits for new pets. Because your pet is not likely to have an accident where they sleep, crate training is a great way to teach new puppies how to “hold it” until it’s time to do their business outside. Their crate also serves as a safe place for them to sleep and rest when you don’t want to give them run of the house.
Choose the Right Spot
For house training, remember that your pet will have to make it from their crate to your yard when it’s time for them to go out. For small puppies with limited bladder control, you want to make the trip as short as possible to help set them up for success. If you can, position your crate someone near your front or back door.
Make it Positive
This is where many pet owners go wrong with crate training. Your pet’s crate should be a safe place for them. You should never use their crate a place to put them in “time out” when they’ve done something wrong. Instead, make sure that their crate is comfortable, warm, and inviting. When you start your puppy off with crate training, you can try giving them a treat to enjoy each time you put them in there. That way they will learn to associate their crate with a positive experience.
Not all puppies will take to crate training right away. There’s a good chance that your puppy will cry (a LOT!) in the early days or weeks of crate training. Resist the urge to let them out at the first signs of distress. It can be hard to do, but if you’re consistent, your pet will eventually become accustomed to their crate.
If you’ve recently brought a new puppy into your home, bring your new companion into our office for a checkup and for scheduled vaccines. It’s very important to vaccinate your new puppy against harmful diseases when they’re young and their immune systems are especially vulnerable. Call our office today to schedule your appointment!