This is the sixth article in a series on how to crate train a puppy. The previous articles have gone through plenty of basic theory and practical application in the past posts, today it s time to actually put it to use and get them to starting to practice what they were taught. In this post, I am going to show you how to crate train a puppy quickly and easily and take them from feeling like they are forever prohibited from ever seeing a crate again to happily spending time in it and even actively seeking it out as their favorite place of relaxation. First off, crates were designed to keep dogs safe by allowing them a temporary refuge away from things like house breaking, when they were unable to control themselves when inside, and how to crate train a puppy at night, while they were sleeping. Over time however, these benefits have gone by the wayside and dogs have instead been confined to cages in their owners’ houses where they spend most of their time. As a result, crate training a puppy in your home isn’t effective anymore because your dog isn’t getting the mental stimulation he used to have when sleeping in his crate.
So, how to crate train a puppy without the need for a crate? By simply leaving their food and water bowl in their crate with the door open as you leave the house, and by leaving the door open while you walk by their crate, your puppy will learn how to stay still while you are away and then go into their bowl when you return. Of course, this is only effective if you keep the door open while you walk by. If you lock the door, your puppy will be unable to watch TV or play with you.
Crating your puppies while house training is a very important part of house training them. Just remember how important it is to always leave your puppies with a safe playmate, and how important it is to keep them away from dangerous things. Also, remember that puppies tend to think of things in terms of survival, and crating them during the early months when they are still puppies is crucial to their mental health. This is also why it’s not recommended to use crating while your puppies are still in the puppy stage. Potty training is easier when your puppies are still in the growing stages and not yet capable of controlling their bladders.