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"20 Tips and Tricks for Crate Training a Puppy or dog"

  1. Crates are not cages, but safe spaces and den-like havens for puppies.

  2. Use crates responsibly, avoiding extended confinement periods during the day, and prioritize socialization, exercise, and positive training techniques.

  3. Choose the right crate size, ensuring it provides enough space for your puppy to stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably.

  4. Opt for a collapsible metal crate for home use, as it offers versatility and portability.

  5. Introduce the crate to your puppy gradually and in a gentle manner, allowing them to explore it at their own pace.

  6. Use positive reinforcement, such as treats and praise, to encourage your puppy to enter the crate willingly.

  7. Create a welcoming Zen den-like space inside the crate by adding soft bedding, toys, and incorporating familiar and unfamiliar scents.

  8. Tap into your puppy's natural instincts by providing them with a secure and calm environment, similar to a den in the wild.

  9. Be mindful of your puppy's night-time needs and take them out for a brief bathroom break before bed.

  10. Consider keeping the crate in your bedroom during the early stages of crate training to provide comfort and easy monitoring.

  11. Cover the crate with a breathable blanket or sheet at night to create a den-like atmosphere and promote a sense of security.

  12. Adapt the crate's placement to suit your family's needs and your puppy's comfort, both indoors and outdoors.

  13. Utilize treats and rewards to encourage your puppy to enter the crate willingly, reinforcing positive associations.

  14. Provide engaging toys and long-lasting chews to keep your puppy entertained and content during crate time, but only in the daytime - night time is for sleeping.

  15. Gradually increase the duration of crate time, starting with short intervals and gradually extending as your puppy becomes more comfortable.

  16. Consider using a playpen in conjunction with the crate to create a larger confinement area initially, then transition to using the crate alone.

  17. Establish a consistent bedtime routine and gradually introduce overnight crating to help your puppy establish a sleep routine.

  18. Select a suitable breathable cover for the crate to create a cozy and den-like atmosphere during nighttime sleep.

  19. Use a pedestal fan to direct air at the crate for proper ventilation and to prevent overheating.

  20. Remember that crates should always be associated with positive experiences and avoid using them as a form of punishment.

These "20 Tips and Tricks for Crate Training a Puppy or dog" will help you approach crate training for puppies in a positive and effective manner, ensuring a harmonious living environment and a lifetime of success for your furry companion.

"About the Author":

Peter Bonney, the author of the blog, is widely recognized as a prominent influencer in the Pet Industry in Australia. With his extensive expertise as a Senior Trainer and Master Puppy Trainer at, Bonney has made a significant impact on the field. Furthermore, his mother Val Bonney's published works have garnered acclaim, solidifying her reputation as a respected author. Notably, Bonnies Dog Obedience and Puppy School, which has been operating for an impressive 50 years, has earned renown both in Brisbane and across the globe, including countries like the USA, China, Japan, and the UK. The dog psychology books authored by Val Bonney, Australia's esteemed Master Dog Trainer, are highly regarded and offer valuable insights for readers.

To understand more of the details of How, What, When, where and Why? with a crate please read our 'Step by Step Guide to Crate Training for Puppies'. Add a comment below if you have any questions or make a suggestion if you want a puppy subject written.

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Jul 12, 2023

I have never used a cage for my dogs. I don’t like cages at all. I will give it a go because my past 2 dogs have owned my house and it wasn’t great. We’ll see how it goes.


Jun 26, 2023

I read this and the post on Crate training. Thank you these are very helpful. i would enjoy reading something on setting up to bring a puppy home.

Jun 28, 2023
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