If you are new to crate training, here are 5 basic guidelines you need to follow to have a positive, productive training experience:
Use the right size crate
The crate should be large enough for your dog to stand up straight and turn around in comfortably, but it should not be so big that they can run or jump within. If the crate is too big, the dog won’t see it as a bed and will likely be more likely to soil in one corner and sleep in the other.
Don’t reward barking
When you first approach crate training, your dog will often bark or whine to get out. Don’t under any circumstance let your dog out of the crate if he is barking because this could reinforce bad behavior.
Always leave a water bowl inside the crate
The whole purpose of crate training is to provide your dog with a safe, snug environment. It is also crucial to give your dog access to water when he’s crated for several hours at a time.
Don’t leave your dog in the crate for too much time
Here is where crate training can rapidly turn from a positive to a negative experience. Do not leave your dog in the crate for more than four hours at a time. If you have a puppy, don’t leave it in the crate for more than three hours. If you’re employed long hours, contemplate hiring a dog walker or checking your dog into doggie daycare so that he does not remain cooped up in a crate twenty-four seven
Take your dog outside immediately
Crate training can be employed for one or two purposes, however, it must return to house training. Even as your dog gets older, he should be taken outside right after opening the crate to reinforce this behavior.