Crate Training Schedule For 8 Week Old Puppy
The crate training schedule for puppies starts from the day after birth. There are many reasons why it is better to start with the first few days of life. First, there is no need to worry about how they will react when left alone or if they might hurt themselves during their stay in a new environment.
Second, it helps them get used to being confined and safe inside a small space. Third, it gives you time to bond with your pup and establish a routine so that you don’t have to think about him anymore once he gets accustomed to his crate. Fourth, it provides some peace of mind since you won’t have to deal with the possibility of having your precious pet running around loose in the house.
As for the reason behind starting early, it’s because puppies are usually born very weak and vulnerable. They require a lot of care and attention to make sure they grow up healthy and strong. So, it makes sense to give them the best chance possible to survive.
It is recommended that you leave your puppy in its crate until he reaches about 6 weeks old. At this age, he needs extra supervision every now and then just like any other child would do. If you want to take him out of his crate too much, you may end up hurting him or even injuring yourself.
It’s important to know that puppies have weak hips and poor bladder control. So if you leave a 6-week old puppy out of his crate for extended periods of time, he may end up having a serious accident in your home. This can be very stressful for both you and him so it’s better to keep him safe in his crate while he’s still a growing puppy.
Also, keep in mind that the length of time he can physically hold his bladder will increase as he gets older. So, what may have been a doable interval in the past may no longer apply. Better to play it safe and keep a close eye on him until all signs show that he’s ready to be out of the crate for good.
Crate Training A Puppy at Night
It is important to crate train a puppy at night as well. This is extremely important because dogs are naturally nocturnal animals and do most of their “wild” activity at night. Nighttime is also when they feel the most anxious and vulnerable.
So, while it may seem counter-intuitive to leave your puppy in a safe place at night, it’s actually a lot safer than letting him run all over the house and possibly get into something he shouldn’t be into.
However, there are some dogs that can hold their bladders for up to 5 hours or more without having an “accident”. So if you feel like your dog is one of these “super fast” toilet-trained dogs, then by all means remove the crate at night. Just be extra careful to always watch him when unsupervised.
It’s recommended to keep your dog in a crate at night because it provides him with a sense of security. He knows that no matter what happens, he will have a safe place to retreat to. And if he does have an accident because he couldn’t hold it in any longer, then there’s no need to worry because the mess is contained to one area.
If you don’t want to keep him in the crate at night then you can still use it as a bed. All you have to do is put a blanket or a pillow in it and he should be fine. You can also use it as a place to keep him when you have to leave the house.
And if you’re still concerned about possibly hurting your dog by keeping him in a crate, then check out this video:
VIDEO: Are Crates And Cages Bad?
There are many reasons why dog owners decide not to use a crate. However, most of the reasons are myths.
Should I Crate Train My Puppy?
This is a decision that you and your family need to make together. It’s not for everyone, but it can be very beneficial if done correctly. Just try it out and see how it goes for a few weeks. If you don’t think it’s working then stop using it. Every dog is different so what works for one, may not necessarily work for another. Just do what you feel is best for your family and your dog.
However, if you do see positive changes in your dog after using the crate, then by all means keep him in it and reap the safety and behavioral benefits that come with it.
Always supervise your pup when he is out of his crate though, even if you decide to keep him in the crate most of the time. If you don’t, he can easily learn how to get out of it which defeats the whole purpose!
As with most things in life, consistency is key. When you’re training your dog to behave in his crate, you need to be as consistent as possible. This means putting him in the crate at the same time every day, and taking him out at the same time every day.
If you want to get really fancy with it, you can try using a timer to help you remember when to put him in and take him out. It’s not necessary though, as long as you don’t forget and leave him in there for too long, or take him out too soon.
If you do this every day, your dog may start to whine when he wants out of the crate. You may be able to avoid this behavior by putting a blanket, cushion, or toy in with him. This will give him something to do other than whine.
Always keep in mind that the crate is not a punishment. It’s a safe place for him to be. It’s his home, so don’t use it to yell at him or make him feel bad about himself.
He will learn to hate his crate and this will make house training much more difficult.
If you stick with it and keep these things in mind, you should have no problems with your new dog and house training. Remember that he is learning too, and you may have to go at a slower pace than you’d like to.
Stick with it and you’ll both be successful.
This is a very good video that talks about Crate Training. It also talks about the myths and the benefits of using a crate.
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