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  • Select a crate that will be big enough for the dogs adult size.  

  • Place the crate in a permanent location in your home.

  • If needed section off a portion of the crate so the puppy has enough room to stand up, turn around and lay down.

  • Begin leaving the door open to the crate so your puppy feels comfortable to go in and out of his new crate.

  • Next make him stay in the crate for a few minutes by restraining him with your hand. 

  • Gradually increase the amount of time in the crate until he is comfortable and then, shut the door and reward him with lots of praise.

  • This training may take an hours to days depending on the breed and temperament of your puppy.

  • Once he feels secure he will be able to sit quietly or sleep.

  • Never use the crate as a punishment this will undermine your pets sense of security in their crate.

  • Time outs for example are acceptable if playing too rough but not too scold. 

  • Keep it positive!

  • Do not leave your pet in the crate all day for the first few months.  

  • Your pet can only be expected to hold their urine for the number of months they are old plus one hour. 

  • You can cover the crate with a towel at night to prevent them from crying and to help him relax.

  • Hollow toys such as Kongs stuffed with peanut butter, cheese or dog food are great tools to occupy your dog in the crate and keep him busy for hours.  

  • If your dog has an accident in the crate is likely because the crate was too large, or because your dog was left in the crate too long.  

  • Always take your dog outside to potty before placing him in the crate.

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