Why Crate Train?
Dogs in the wild live in a den providing protection and a great deal of psychological satisfaction. All dogs, therefore, have a strong natural tendency to seek out this type of shelter.
In your home, if your dog has no place to call his own, he will make feeble attempts to curl up under a table, a chair or some other choice location.
When you use a MIDWEST Home, you give your puppy a place to feel secure...something to get his back up against. He won't feel isolated because the pet home provides essential visibility and ventilation. Just like a baby in a playpen.
You will also be taking advantage of his natural instinct to keep his home clean, therefore, when he has to go he will try to hold it until you can take him outside to the proper area.
This will teach him a schedule and help him eliminate accidents.
With a MIDWEST Home, your puppy will have fewer behavioral problems like excessive barking and chewing.
But most of all, by providing him a safe and secure home, hell be happier and more self-confident.
How To Crate Train
Step 1: Acquaint your puppy with his new home
Simply start from early puppyhood and have your puppy sleep and rest in his home. Almost without trying he will train himself to seek security and comfort inside his little dog room."
Encourage your puppy to go into his home on his own. If necessary, toss a little treat in the home. DONT FORCE HIM! He may quickly back out or be shy, but thats normal. Just take it slowly. At first, dont close the door on him, let him go in and out on his own.
Once he is happy and unafraid of his new home, simply restrain him at the door with your hand. Make him stay in the home for a few minutes, then gradually increase the time and be sure to praise him!
Once he is comfortable with this, (probably a few hours or days of short training sessions) simply restrain him at the door with the dooragain praising him lavishly. Soon he will be secure in his home with the door closed. Slowly you can get farther and farther away from him, always praising his accepting behavior. Eventually, the pup will sit quietly and sleep in his home with the door closed.
Step 2: Direct His elimination
Understand that little puppies need to go about every 2-4 hours. On a schedule, (such as after feeding, before bedtime, first thing in morning) let your puppy out, teach him the route to the door, praise him at the door and take him out to the part of the yard you want him to use. Very quickly, you are teaching him an elimination schedule that will stay with him for the rest of his life.
As your puppy gets older (4-6 months) you can gradually leave him in his home for longer periods of time because he can hold it longer. Soon he can be home in his home all day, if necessary, until someone arrives to let him out.