How to Crate Train a Puppy in an Apartment?
How to crate train a puppy in an apartment – and if that thought is bothering you at all, then I have some simple tips and tricks for you, which will definitely help – please read on. Have you noticed difficulty in confining your puppy, say when you take them along in your car or at the vet? Or maybe in a flight? I bet you have always wanted to tuck your pup in a space when you have guests at home. This way the pup is left in a safe place when you cannot pay attention. But if you suddenly confine him, it is obvious that you will not get the desired result, in fact, a more disturbed shocked reaction from the other side.
Dealing With Crate Training:
Crate training your dog is the best way to go. It is better to begin when you have a puppy. You might still be apprehensive and wonder if Confining A Pup or Crate training them is cruel.
To that, I would like to remind you that Dogs have a natural den instinct and a den can be replicated by use of a Crate or a Kennel.
Thus Crate training helps you first accommodate your dog to this concept of spending time in their own space. Then confine them in a crate for an increased period of time.
So you are basically disciplining your Dog, and making them understand good manners expected by a Master. Now that we have a background, Read ahead to know more on how to crate train your puppy.
1. Home Sweet Home
The first introduction between your crate and dog should be more of fun and Good Vibes. You can do this by ensuring crate is comfortable and cozy. Place a warm blanket placed inside. You can even place your pups favorite toy inside and make sure the size is neither too big nor too small. The Dog should be able to move around and stand straight when needed. But not so big that he finds a corner to pee within the crate itself. Of course make it super cozy for them to believe it as their home sweet home, their own personal space.
2. Familiarize Your Puppy With The Crate
Introduce the crate as its own space and not as a punishment or a confinement away from you. Place the crate in your living room, keep doors open, let your pup get familiar with it and sniff it thoroughly. Don’t make the puppy believe that it is a space away from you just to isolate him.
3. Use It For Rewards And Treats
When I got a puppy, I fed him inside the crate, so he quickly understood that crate was a fun place and good things can happen in a crate. Besides that, I would treat and praise the puppy whenever it went in the crate voluntarily. It has made him so comfortable in a crate that he tends to head towards the crate for his own space and time to chill.
4. Closing The Crate
Many Dogs or puppies might start screaming, barking and whining as soon as you shut the door. You might open it but then don’t treat the dog when he comes out. You can take away his favorite toy.
This way the Dog understands that he will find his favorite stuff only inside the crate. Many dogs and puppies might adjust to crate as long as they have something to munch on or play with. Also, don’t tend to react with door open action always when the pet whines, that might make it believe that whining is equal to doors open.
5. Extend The Duration Gradually
Extend the time period of confining your dog in a crate slowly with a treat or a toy. If you notice that your dog is not adapting then stay around when it is still in the crate. Don’t make it feel neglected or lonely. With repeated encouraging and rewarding actions your pet might surprise you when you let the door open but he assumes it as his very own space where he will walk in for a nap.
6. Relocation of The Crate
Once your pet shows a complete understanding of crate behavior you may relocate the crate to your room or wherever you tend to keep your pet.
7. Stick To A Routine
With a small puppy, you need to establish a routine with their timely pee and poo business. You should ensure proper exercise and walks before or after meals for your pet. It is also a good idea for you to move, and make your dog move every few minutes even inside your home. Why?
Gentle movements and walking around your house is good for your health. I work a lot on computers, so I tend to stand up every 20 minutes or so, and do a little stretch, and walk around with my dog. Maybe just going up, and down the stairs helps greatly.
These are just some ideas you might want to try out. Nothing is perfect. And nothing is set in stone. So try it out, and see how it goes and make changes if something does not work.
Like human beings every dog is different, so your dog will be different than mine, even if they are of the same breed. Yes they have their own special personality. And that makes them special and interesting I suppose. But one thing for sure, to bring a change in behavior you need patience.
Patience coupled with a sincere understanding of your dog’s behavior is important, when it comes to training any dog. So be a great master and a friend at the same time – one who appreciates and showers him or her with unconditioned love and that will reap results. If you want to buy a good dog crate, then make sure you do your homework by finding out about their pros and cons.
Take care and thank you for your visit – see you soon.