Many newbies are uneased and unsure about putting puppies inside the crate (using a crate for their puppies). But after a few days of spending time with their new buddies, the doubt to use this tool usually disappears. Crates can make life easier for the owners. It is a great idea to get your pooch used to it for veterinary visits, traveling, recovery, rehabilitation, and other reasons.
Dogs are den animals, whether provided with a dog house or not, they will seek out small cave beds for protection(safety). This makes it relatively easy to train your pets to love their crate. The reason behind crate and housetraining is that dogs are generally speaking clean animals, and they don't like to have a urine-soaked carpet in their living space.
Step 1: Choosing the Proper Crate for Your Dog is the First Step
The key is finding the best crate for your little ones, and it should be large enough for them to turn around, stand up, and lie down in. If it's too big, they might decide to happily settle away from the mess in one corner and relieve themselves. Many crates have dividers (panels) that can be adjusted to fit your puppy's size as they get bigger. All dogs can typically fit in metal crates, but some prefer to sleep in the dark, in which case an enclosed kennel is a better option. It's okay if they only use the crate bed (cushion) to sleep. In fact, dogs prefer hard surfaces.
Step 2: Developing or Establishing the Correct/Positive Mindset
Connect/Link the crates with a relaxed mindset! If you place your dogs inside the crate while they are playing, they will associate the crate with the ongoing playground. However, if you wait until they have calmed down before bringing them in, they will probably view it as a place of rest. Start with just 10 minutes, and then gradually extend it.
Step 3: In-Crate Bonus
Here too, the positive association rule is applicable. One of the suggested methods is to give your dogs a food toy that releases treats. While they are inside, provide them with something fun to play with, but make them work hard to get the food out. By doing so, you can encourage them to stay in the crate for longer periods of time and establish a positive association with it.
Step 4: Closely Monitor Potty Time
When your puppy has an urge, she will typically let you know by whining and scratching. She should immediately exit the crate because this is her signal to do so. Don't wait, as your pet will think it's acceptable to make a mess if you let her do whatever she wants inside the crate. When you take her outside, take her right to the designated area or spot to use the restroom.
Step 5: Take your time.
Prepare for at least six months. Dogs do not learn in a straight line (linear learners), so training will have its ups and downs, but success will eventually come. Your dog may initially make you want to slam your head against a wall, but as long as you maintain your composure and continue using the same approach, you will eventually see your dog seek out your reward and have the opportunity to give it.