Dog Crate Training: How to Potty Train Your Puppy

Crate training your dog or pit bull for many people is  necessary course of action if you plan on leaving the home and hoping it’s in the same condition when you return.

Pit Bulls can experience separation anxiety and get quite rambunctious while you are gone. It can also assist you in keeping your bed at night pet free. Most Pit Bulls love their crate, enjoying a safe location that is exclusive to them.

How to Crate Train a Puppy

Ideally. you will begin to crate train your pit bull as a puppy. An adult dog that has never experienced a crate will have a difficult time adjusting to a small spot, creating anxiety. You may have to use a separate room if available.

A Pit Bull puppy may also be initially adverse to the crate, but will adjust faster than an adult.  Additionally, if you crate train your puppy prior to him ever jumping into your bed, it will upset him less since he has never experienced it.

Make the Crate Appealing

The crate should be clean. This not where we go potty. Put in something comfortable for him to lay on like a soft blanket or mini puppy bed. It will make entering the crate much easier. Your puppy should willfully enter the crate.

Along with some water, you may also have to entice them with a treat or toy. Whichever works best. Most importantly, they should enter the crate on their own and not forced inside.

Keep the Crate close Initially – Keep the dog crate in your living room or where you most spend your evenings. When you go to bed at night, bring your puppy and the crate with you.

Knowing you are close by calms your puppy’s fears and comforts him. After your dog grows more comfortable with the crate, you will be able to settle on keeping it in one location

Crate Size – The size of his crate should be large enough to stand,  sleep in, and turn around, but not walk around. If he is able to walk around in it, he may find a corner of it and use it as a bathroom.

Exiting the Crate – The further along you get with puppy crate training,  you’ll learn you shouldn’t remove your puppy when they are anxious or upset. It will only reward that behavior and he will know that’s what he has to do to get out.

You also want to feel comfortable when you leave your home knowing your pit bull will remain calm in his crate. Bring your puppy to a relaxed state inside the crate and let him remain that way for a few minutes. After that you can remove him from the crate and reward his good behavior.

In the beginning start with a slow introduction,  leaving your pit bull in for short periods and then start building from there. When you return and see that he is calm and comfortable you can increase it to hours at a time.

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