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Call it a dog crate, an indoor kennel, or a cage, this portable house is one of the 20th century’s best inventions for dogs.
The dogs’ natural instincts are to find a den, a place which offers protection and this is what a crate can offer.
Allow the puppy free access in and out of the crate and praise them when they go in voluntarily. Try feeding your puppy in the crate or hiding treats in it to create a positive place.
When the puppy is comfortable in the crate, they can be left with the door shut for up to an hour at a time. The puppy should be taken out at regular intervals.
Most dogs will soon come to regard the crate as their den and happily use it in their owner’s absence.
By now the door can be shut once the puppy goes in to sleep for the night, this will help with toilet training. Your puppy will now be able to start the process of holding on all night. But remember, if your puppy is put to bed at 7pm and you don’t go to sleep until 10pm, they must be taken out just before you retire, then you know the puppy is content until the morning. In the morning, take your puppy straight outside to the toilet area and give praise instantly once puppy has gone. (It’s advisable not to play with puppy until they have done their business otherwise they will forget why they are out there and go once back inside).
The size of the cage should just fit your dog in, it should be able to turn around and lie down. You might need to upsize as the puppy grows. In the crate, place a bed, a special ‘crate only’ toy, food and water.