Crate training can be extremely beneficial for puppies, as it provides them with a safe and comfortable spot that they will recognise as being their own. Those that have been crate trained as a puppy are also going to be far more comfortable when going on long road trips or even flying in an aeroplane. Watch this video for tips on how to crate train your puppy.
The first rule when it comes to crate training is to always associate your puppy’s crate as being a happy, comforting and rewarding environment. You must never associate your puppy’s crate as being a place to banish them when they are misbehaving, as this will instantly create negative associations.
In order to encourage your puppy to go into their crate voluntarily, you will need to start with a few encouraging steps. First, introduce your puppy to their new safe space by placing some of their favourite toys and treats in the crate. The minute they step into the crate you must immediately shower them with praise so that they know that they have done a good thing, and they will associate the crate as being a rewarding space. The next step is to start feeding your puppy inside their crate, as this will encourage a sense of enjoyment, calm and security.
Once your puppy is comfortable enough to go into the crate voluntarily and wait for his food, you can close the crate door during their meal times. Immediately open the door once they are finished eating so they don’t feel trapped. After a while you will be able to leave your puppy in their crate for a few hours and they will feel happy, content and safe.