*Huskies howling* “Aroooooo!” A lot of you had asked to do a video on how to crate train your puppy. Here we go! Where gonna show how to crate train your puppy! As you can see, Memphis is already inside of the crate. Our crate is a metal wire crate with a plastic bottom… *Talking to Memphis* You can come out! *Memphis hits camera* The crate we use for Memphis is a 36 inch metal wire crate. You can tell is wire! The plastic bottom slides out to make it easy to clean. It can it too, slides back in. We also have a cover on our crate… Basically has that cause it makes it a little darker in there. Makes it a little more like a den for Memphis. As you can see, we already been working with Memphis in crate training and she’s fairly comfortable in her crate as of right now. So, the first few tips for crate training I wanna give you are…
You want the crate to always be a positive experience. You want the puppy to think, this is their home. Basically like a child’s bedroom. This is the dog’s bedroom. This is supposed to be the safe space for the dog. One of the ways you can do that, never, ever, ever use the crate for punishment! You always want it to be a positive experience. Constantly leaving, you know, rewards, treats, positive reinforcement when the dog’s go in the crate. Never ever, yell at the dog, bang on the crate. You don’t want it to be a negative thing. You want it to be a safe place and be their home. Now, the first thing you need to do, is to get the dog used to the crate. The noise, the sounds that it makes. You want them to understand, is not gonna hurt them. That is ok to be in there. One of the ways to do that as you can see, we have Memphis inside of her crate, with the door open and she has a “KONG” filled with peanut butter.
We threw the “KONG” inside her crate and Memphis goes in there and enjoys the “KONG.” The first few times, she did tried to carry it out of the crate. So, all I did was pick it back and toss it back in there then, she realized that she has to be in there to actually enjoy her treat. That was how we kind of got her, used to go in and out the box. Again, positive experience. “If I’m in here, I get this food! I like this food! Maybe I’ll hang out in here!” Crate training is not a super fast process and you do want to take things a bit slow. Because again… You don’t want the dogs to be fearful. You want the dogs known that’s a comfortable and safe place for them to be.
Crate training is one of the fastest most effective ways to potty train your puppy. It is also a great way to keep your puppy safe, while you are gone… at work and cannot actually be watching, what your puppy is doing. The crate is gonna give them a safe place to be, where they cannot destroy things, choke on things, or harm themselves. We keep a bag of treats near our crate. Everytime we want Memphis to go in the crate, we give her one of these treats. As you can tell, she already knows what this is.
*Talking to Memphis* Memphis, can you kennel up? We always use a command to get your dog to go into the kennel It should be the same command every time. *Talking to Memphis* Memphis, can you kennel up? Kennel up! Good girl! Once the puppy crosses the line, all the way into the crate, you can reward them with their treat. Remember, always use the same command every single time. *Talking to Memphis* Memphis, kennel up! Good girl! Very positive! Reinforce immediately. It just want them to be very comfortable with this process. *Talking to Memphis* Memphis, kennel up! Kennel up girl! She’s like “There is peanut butter in there!” You gonna go in there. Kennel up! Come on! Kennel up! Good girl! A lot of times, when you put your puppy in the kennel. Eventually, specially at the beginning… Your puppy is going to cry. It’s gonna make noise and they want out of the crate DO NOT… go to your dog while they are crying *Memphis whines* You know why she’s crying? Because she can see me! You do not want to go to your pet and let them out of crate while they are crying Because the minute they start crying and you go to open the door and let them out They’re gonna know…
“Hey! If I cry, they are gonna come and get me!” You want to wait until your pet is calm, laying down and no longer crying before you actually go and let them out of the crate. *Memphis whines* Another really good way to get your puppy used to be on the crate, is actually feed your puppy while they are in the crate. They’ll learn like “Hey! I get food in here! Food in here is a good thing!” We do not leave food or water in the crate with the dog while where not home. Basically, if they have too much water, and you don’t make it home to let them out… They are gonna have an accident on the crate. You really don’t want them do that! Crate training is effective, mainly because most dogs will not soil where they sleep.
They don’t like to go to the bathroom in their own little room. So they will try to hold it for as long as they can. With puppies, you do not leave them in the crate… Gosh! Eight to twelve weeks old. Really, you should be letting them out at least every two to three hours If you gone at work, try to have a dog sitter come over to be able to let them out and help you let them out. At night, the same thing. Wake up every few hours to let the dogs out. The general rule of thumb is for every month old the dog is, that’s about how long they can hold their bladders.
So, if your puppy is eight weeks old, that makes them two months old. it can generally hold their bladders for about two hours. They can hold it a little bit longer at night because they are not active at night. Now, at night your puppy may cry and want out of the crate. Sometimes is hard to tell it is, because it has to go to the bathroom or is because they just want out.
What we do is we use a comand, when we hear them crying you know, would you wait a few minutes if they stop. If they don’t stop, if you go to let them out Will use a command “Wanna go outside and go potty?” or “Wanna go outside?” and if the dog continuously gets exited when they hear that It usually means, they have to go. But, you can be able to tell as you work with crate training on your dog. When they are faking it and when they are not… After time, your dog should no longer actually cry in their crate.
They should realize that this is fun safe environment for them to be in. Now, I’m sure I did not answered all your questions on this topic. So, I’ll put a few links down in the video description to different web sites on how to properly crate train your dog. Also leave questions down below and I’ll try to answer as I can. Again we get a lot of e-mails or sometimes, that can be difficult to do. Yes, Memphis made this video little bit hard to do because she definitely did not wanted to stay in the crate like “Is not crate time yet!” We also use a command at night when we put her in, so she knows is bed time, we tell her “Go on! Go to bed!” She’ll usually go right to the crate.
Knows where it its and how to do it. Same thing with Oakley Cause Oakley still uses a crate. After time, you may not have to crate train your dog Oakley likes to stay in her crate cause she thinks is her safe place. Shelby’s stayed in crate, until she was four years old. Now she has full run of the house. Some dogs, you know will get over half used to one and some dogs kind of don’t. Shiloh actually did not used her crate until she was a year old. Really it depends on the dog and how destructive they really are. Few other tips I’m thinking off. Some people like to put a blanket or shirt to something in the crate that has their scent on it. You can do that. We don’t usually do that, because I didn’t wanted to chew up and shock on it. If they’re big time chewers, that’s probably not the best idea. If they are not big time chewers, that is something you can definitely try. *Talking to Memphis* You want to go see your sisters? So, there you have it! A basic crate training video.
Remember that crate training your puppy is not only the first step in keeping your puppy safe, while you are not home. It is also the first step in potty training your puppy. We do plan on doing another video, hopefully next Monday, on how to potty train your puppy. We will share the tips and tricks that we use to potty train Memphis and every other puppy we ever had, like Shelby We hope you enjoyed this video. We will see you guys on Wednesday! Thanks for watching! Bye bye! *Music* *Turn around and roll over, Snow Dog!* *Sing a song with your sweet voice* *I know, You’ve been a good little girl* *Good Girl! Good Girl!* *Come and join us for a new adventure!* *Lots of fun, lots of walks, won’t you come into our Siberian world!* *We’re Gone To The Snow Dogs* *Gone To The Snow Dogs* *Gone To The Snow Dogs* *Gone To The Snow Dogs*.