If you’ve just brought home a new German shepherd puppy, getting started with crate training right away is very important. While back in the day, many people allowed their puppies to free range at night or while they’re away these days, pet owners are more inclined to crate train their puppies because it keeps them safe, secure, and out of trouble. Crate training German shepherd puppy is actually pretty easy, but we’re not going to lie, it’s also going to be a challenge and a test of wills.
The Right Crate for the Job
First off, you’re going to want to buy the right size crate. It should be big enough that the dog has room to stand up and turn around. It shouldn’t be too big, otherwise, your puppy will end up going to the bathroom in it. Additionally, a smaller crate will give the puppy a feeling of security.
There are some people who feel that crate training is mean and unfair to dogs. But essentially, it’s a great way to help with potty training, prevent your dog from destroying your belongings, running away, or getting into trouble ie. eating something that can make them seriously sick.
That Long First Week
If you have children, then crate training will remind you of that long painful week when you sent your infant off to sleep without a bottle, or when you put your foot down and made your toddler sleep in their own bed.
This is going to be a struggle, especially if you choose to crate your dog during the night. The biggest mistake you can make is letting your dog out once he or she starts to whine or cry. Just don’t do it. Giving in will only teach your dog that crying, and whining is what it takes to get them out of their crate and into your comfortable warm bed.
This process of allowing them to whine and cry during the night can usually last a week. It’s going to be painful for everyone in the home, but ultimately, it’s necessary in order to get your puppy used to sleeping in their crate.
When You’re Away from Home
Are you heading to the store, but you know it’s not safe to leave your puppy alone and unsupervised? This is another reason crate training is so important. When your dog is kenneled you won’t have to worry about them destroying your favorite pair of shoes, digging in the backyard, or hopping the fence.
To ease your dog into crate training when you’re not home, start off by putting them in their crate for ten minutes. Leave the room. Wait for them to stop whining then let them out. Practice this several times a day.
After a few days, you can begin to slowly increase the time you crate them up during the day, in order to get them used to it and to show them that you will eventually come back.
Dog Crate Training Mistakes
As we’ve already mentioned, never let your dog out when he or she starts whining.
Never put your dog in their crate as a form of punishment, otherwise, they will always look at their crate as a personal torture chamber.
Never keep your dog crated for more than a few hours.
Never put a dog in a crate that is too small.