Puppy and Dog Crate Training Schedule
Why do we Crate Train our Puppies and Dogs?
Crate training helps schedule and house train our AKC Standard Poodles, Goldendoodles, and Labradoodle puppies and dogs. Because our Goldendoodles and Standard Poodles are canines, they feel safe and secure in cozy places. Getting our puppies and dogs comfortable with the crate also ensures that they can safely and comfortably travel with us when needed.
Do’s and Don’ts of Crate Training
DO use the crate while your dog sleeps overnight. Dogs and puppies do not like to sleep where they go to the restroom, so this will get you started with house training your new goldendoodle or poodle.
Ensure the crate is appropriately sized so they can comfortably lay down, turn around, and stand up. If the crate is too large, they may learn to go to the restroom in one corner then move to a different corner.
If just getting started with crate training, check on your puppy during the night, whining may indicate they need to go out to the restroom. Overtime, as they get older, they will be able to go through the night without needing to go out.
DON’T use the crate to confine your dog for extended periods during the day. Over-confinement causes behavior problems.
Our goldendoodles and standard poodles need exercise, socialization and companionship and should not be confined for extended periods of time.
At times it may be necessary to use the crate during the day and it should not be any longer than 1 or 2 hours at a time.
Sleeping and Eating
Our dogs find comfort in their kennels, we leave the door open in the day and it is normal to find them going to there to take their naps. It also helps with our feeding schedules and making sure one dog doesn’t go eating all the other dogs food. 🙂
Some dogs may have anxiety or other problems with crate training. I highly recommend reading more details with this or other potential concerns from the ASPCA webpage resource. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/weekend-crate-training
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