6 Quick Steps for Crate Training a Puppy in an Apartment (IT WORKS)
If you are wondering on how to crate train a puppy in an apartment (quickly), then follow the six steps given below. You will see the difference in few weeks. (Check out the free potty training book below).
It has worked for me. And, it has worked for me every time!
- Place the crate in a place where your puppy feels comfortable.
- Use the bait method. Put your dog’s favorite treat and toy inside the crate.
- Encourage your puppy to enter the crate. Use consistent visual and vocal commands.
- When your puppy enters the crate stay near him. Use praises such as “Good boy/girl”.
- Keep the crate door open. So, your puppy does not feel confined and feel scared.
- Do this few times a day. Be patient, it will take some time.
Use the six tips given above to practice and crate train your dog every single day. Be consistent and learn to use your voice and visual commands properly.
NO SHOUTING please.
A puppy is like a human baby, and it takes time for them to learn anything new. Be a good pet parent. Remember, a lot depends on you as well on how fast they pick up new things.
If you are a new dog owner, I can imagine how challenged you’ll feel. But, it will get better, trust me. Make it a fun thing rather than making it a formal training session. Play around the crate, so that your puppy associates the crate as a part and parcel of his/her environment.
Few important things about crate training:
- A crate is not a place for confinement.
- Do not use crate as a place for punishing your puppy.
The whole idea about crate training is to get your puppy used to it first. Next thing, is to encourage him to spend more time inside the crate. How? We will get to it soon.
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Use Dog’s Natural Instincts
Dogs love to live in dens that’s their natural instinct. You must have seen dogs sleeping under a table/desk or a raised bed. Why? Because they feel comfortable and safe. So, you want to make the crate a dog’s den where they will feel comfortable to spend time.
I hope that makes sense.
Dealing With Crate Training:
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Crate training your dog may seem like a tough thing to do, but if you are persistent and use the strategies, you will be fine.
I suggest you buy the crate well before you get your puppy. Just make sure you buy the right crate. Use the crate from day 1, so that your puppy gets used to it. Yes, even if nothing happens at the beginning.
Slow and steady wins the race!
Is crate training cruel?
Not at all. Crate training is not cruel at all. A crate or a kennel is a great tool, if used the right way. Crate training helps you first accommodate your dog to this concept of spending time in their own space. Then confining them in a crate for an increased period of time.
Basically, you are teaching good manners to your dog, if you like. You’re slowly making them understand what is expected by you.
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.