5 Tips for Crate Training a Puppy

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If you’re considering crate training your puppy, look no further! We’ve put together a helpful guide that covers everything you need to know. Crate training can be a great way to potty train your pup and help him feel secure and safe when you’re not able to keep an eye on him. **Please remember that puppies under six months old should only be in a crate for three or four hours at a time.**

1. Start by teaching your puppy that the crate is a happy place. Leave the door open and put some food or treats inside. When your puppy goes into the crate, praise him and give him a treat.

2. Once your puppy is comfortable going into the crate, start closing the door for short periods of time. Gradually increase the amount of time he spends in the crate with the door closed.

3. At night, begin putting your puppy in the crate for bedtime. Give him a bed or some soft toys to sleep with. Gradually increase the amount of time he spends in the crate overnight.

4. Crate training puppies is a common and successful way to potty train them. Never leave the puppy in the crate for longer periods than he can hold his bladder or bowel movements. A general rule of thumb is that a puppy can hold his bladder for one hour per month of age. So, a four month old puppy can hold his bladder for four hours.

5. If your puppy has an accident in his crate, don’t get upset. It’s not your puppy’s fault if he has an accident in his crate. He’s just learning where to go potty; mistakes will happen. If your puppy has an accident, calmly clean it up and move on. Don’t scold your puppy, as this will only make him anxious and afraid of his crate.


Q1: How long does it take to crate train a puppy?

A: It takes anywhere from one week to two weeks. Some puppies may take longer to train.

Q2: What are the most common reasons people don’t crate train?

A: Some people don’t crate train because they think it’s cruel to confine animals or they don’t have the time to dedicate to the process.

Q3: What should I do if my puppy gets scared?

A: Make sure you are nearby when your puppy is in the crate, and offer him treats. He’ll learn to trust you once he realizes you aren’t going to leave him there.

Q4: What kind of crate should I buy?

A: There are many types of crates. You can buy a plastic, metal, or wood crate depending on your needs.

Q5: What’s the best age to crate your puppy?

A: It’s best to crate train puppies when they’re about eight to nine weeks old. You’ll need a crate that is large enough to fit the puppy and you, and you can buy one at any pet store or online.

Puppies can be a lot of work, but crate training can make the process a lot easier. In this article, we’ve shared five tips that should help you get started. From dog beds, dog toys, and grooming supplies, we’ve got you covered!


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