Introducing the Crate
- The Humane Society of the United States suggests introducing your puppy slowly to the crate, before crating him at night. By increasing his time in his crate gradually, he will learn that the crate is a safe and comfortable place.
- During the training period, the crate should be located in your bedroom or near you during the night so you will be able to hear the puppy when she needs to go out. Later it can be gradually moved to another area if preferred, according to the Humane Society.
- Your puppy should be taken out just before bedtime to relieve himself before going into the crate, according to The Daily Puppy. You will also need to get up during the night at least once or twice to take him outside and first thing in the morning as well.
- There are different types of crates available, including plastic, collapsible metal pens and sturdy frames covered with fabric.
- According to the Humane Society, your puppy should be able to stand up and turn around in the crate you select. Be sure to include some bedding such as towels or a blanket.
- Crating should not be abused or used as used as a punishment. Puppies younger than six months old should be crated for no more than three to four hours at a time. Remember to offer praise when your puppy relieves herself outside. Some chew toys that are safe for your puppy can also help, according to Veterinary Partner.