So you have a new furry friend in the family? Congratulations! Puppies are fun, but can be a lot of work. Teaching them commands, socialization, and routines from an early age will make both of your lives easier. Here’s a few tips and tricks we believe are important to teach your pup from an early age.
Crate training is one of the most basic and helpful things you can do to train a puppy, if that’s something you feel would work well with you and your puppy. Crate training involves familiarizing your puppy with a crate to the degree that they find the space comforting and a place of their own. A crate trained puppy will usually go into their crate with no trouble, and will sometimes prefer spending down-time there!
How To Crate Train
Create The Perfect Crate
Setting up a crate that is comfortable and functional for you and your puppy is the first step in crate training. You’re setting yourself and your new family member up for success! One of the easiest things you can do to make their space cozy is by investing in a cozy bed! There are so many pawsome options that could work for you and your furry friend, but here’s a few beds that might be pawfect for your setup:
- Deluxe Mattress Dog Bed – Berber & Suede Blanket Top
- Deluxe Mattress Dog Bed – Minky Faux Fur and Suede Pillow Top
- Deluxe Chaise Lounge Dog Bed – Two-Tone Faux Fur & Suede
Introduce Your Puppy To The Crate
Introducing them in a comfortable tone, while they’re lower energy (but not sleepy!) will mean they’re much more likely to be willing to participate with training. Bring them to the crate in a calm tone and provide them with high value treats or toys that they will be motivated to follow. The most important thing to remember is that you don’t want them to be uncomfortable and you want to avoid whining. Comfort and safety avoids anxiety in your little pup, and they’re less likely to cry out. If they do cry, leave them in their crate until they finish whining – otherwise they will think that crying is their way to get out!