Rules of Crate Training

Surprisingly, the rules of crate training are few.  However, following these rules correctly will make or break your success in this endeavor. 

man reading a long list of rules on dogs

The most important rule to remember, is to completely ignore puppies when they whine, cry, or scream!

When it is time for your puppy to go into his cage, physically put him in it, and walk away.

When he cries,(and he will!) do not give in to his whining, crying or screaming. 

Do not let him out, and never speak “comforting words” to him.

Just ignore his behavior completely.  I promise, he will quiet himself down, eventually!

The second most important rule, is the timing, in getting puppies out of their crates.

Wait until he is quiet, before letting him out, even if that silence only lasts for a second. 

By waiting until he is quiet, he will soon associate silence with freedom.

If you let him out while he is crying, he will only associate his crying with getting his own way, and the next time, he will scream even louder and longer.

Golden Retriever laying quietly

This is the most common mistake people make when crate training puppies.

Do not feed or water dogs, while they are inside of a cage, or that will defeat the purpose of them being in there.

The last of the rules are simply, not to wait until bedtime to introduce a puppy to his enclosure, or you will be awake the whole night, listening to his screaming!

If a puppy has been in his cage a few times on and off during the daytime, then his crying will not be as long, or as loud, during the night time hours!

By following these simple rules, your puppy will accept his crate within just a few days, and life will be blissfully quiet!

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