Dr. Claire Stevens

– Veterinarian and Author of “Dr Claire’s Love Your Dog”

① Choose a large well-ventilated crate

A crate size that is not only big enough for your puppy to stand up and turn around but will also hold him when he’s fully grown. If he’s a larger breed the crate will be too big while he’s a puppy so you can use a divider to make it smaller for the time being. Many pet supply outlets sell dividers. Size is important because if it’s too small the dog will be cramped. 

② Make the crate cosy

Creat a comfortable "den-like" space with crate cover, blankets and some toys. Then pop the puppy in the crate for little naps (babies need sleep) and quiet time away from the excitement of playing with you and the family.

③ Crate Training Tips

At first put him in for short periods, slowly increasing the length of time he’s in the crate over a few weeks and give him a treat each time. Every time you take him out of the crate, give him a little walk outside so he can go to the toilet; he’ll get the message that after crate time is toilet time. Remember, puppies have tiny bladders so he might not be able to wait for the next crate break; if he starts whining and scratching take him outside quickly and praise him after he’s does his business and give him a reward. Try not to let him do it in the crate because you don’t want him to get the idea that it’s a good thing.