Puppy Crate Training – Common Do’s and Don’ts of Using a Kennel

The use of kennels in puppy crate training is becoming an increasingly popular form of house breaking new additions to ones home, below are listed common do’s and don’t of this practice:

  • NEVER use the kennel as a place to punish or isolate the puppy.
  • Upon taking the puppy out of the kennel after many hours take her immediately outside to relieve herself.
  • 2-3 hours is the maximum amount of time a puppy should be left in kennel.
  • 6-8 hours is the absolute maximum for even the most well adjusted dog.
  • To ensure that the puppy is never forced to soil its crate; adjust schedules or make arrangements for someone to come and let puppy out.
  • Ensure the puppy gets lots of exercise both before and after time in the crate.
  • Never kennel the puppy immediately after feeding, feed after you have returned home. If you must feed the puppy prior to crating ensure you allow enough time and take the puppy outside to relieve itself.
  • Always clean and disinfect the tray when unavoidable accidents occur, never leave your puppy in a soiled crate.
  • To avoid choking or strangulation ensure there is nothing around the puppy’s neck that could get caught on parts of the kennel, eg. Loose fitting or choke collars, leashes, anything that could become a choking hazard including toys that can be pulled apart.
  • Hard rubber type toys such as Kongs or Nylabones may be placed in the crate that is appropriate for the puppy’s size and chewing ability.
  • Place a heavy non-tip water dish in the crate.
  • If you puppy must spend quite a few hours in a kennel every day make sure they receive lots of love, attention, outdoor exercise, and freedom indoors when you get home.

This is a great method for housebreaking a new puppy. Using the above tips will ensure that your puppy crate training goes as smoothly as possible.

by Adrian Van Drunen

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