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Positive House Training With a Crate | Teacher’s Pet With Victoria Stilwell


For most puppies, the crate is a really valuable
tool to use in the house training process. But you have to build up a positive association
with the crate, so the puppy feels good about being inside there. So, I’m going to show
you a couple of ways to do that. When you’re getting your puppy used to the create, it’s
a good idea to use really fabulous toys–and maybe some food, if that’s what your puppy’s
motivated with. And allow your puppy to experience the toy in the crate. The fact that he wants
to stay in his crate and chew is a really wonderful sign, because this crate is going
to be his home. And, at the moment, you can see, I’m not closing the door, because I want
him to feel completely comfortable about being in the crate, so that he knows that if he
wants to come out, he can come out. If he does come out, what I’ll do is I’ll just gently
take the toy away from him and put it back in the crate again, so that he knows the crate
is where he gets the toy. After your puppy’s got really comfortable being in the crate,
then you can start to shut the door, just for short periods of time. I’m still here–you’re
presence is still giving your puppy confidence, that even though he’s in the crate, you’re
still with him. And then I open the door again. So again, he has that freedom to go if he
wants. Good boy. So, he’s probably not gonna like the fact that I took it away from him
–good boy– so I’m just going to put it right back in the crate. Good boy. Alright,
good. The actual fact of me taking it away from him when he comes out –as well– is
gonna be maybe encouraging him–that in fact in the crate, it’s gonna be much better for
him to stay in the crate, because in the crate he gets to keep his toy. When he comes outside,
I take it away from him. Don’t you think it’s better to stay in your crate? I think so.
You got it. You got it. There you go. And the puppy works out really, really quickly:
You know what? Best to stay in the crate and chew the toy, because if I come out she takes
it away from me. That’s not cool. Now that he’s very comfortable, I’m gonna just close
the door. You can start this for a period of a minute and then gradually build up–2
minutes, 3 minutes, 4 minutes, 5 minutes. When your puppy is engaged and playing with
his toy in crate that’s the time when you can begin to increase distance and move away.
Leave your puppy by himself in the crate, just for a little period of time, so he gets
confident. You don’t want him toileting on any kind of bedding in there. It’s best just
to put a little bit of a towel in there. When you see that you’re puppy’s not chewing up
a towel, for example, that you’ve put in there, then you can use a bit of softer bedding.
Puppies love to chew things, so you have to put things in your puppy’s safe zone that
are safe to chew. I like to use toys like this that really help enrich your puppy, so
that puppy has to use his thinking brain to find out how he’s going to get food out of
this toy, for example. And these toys are really great for what I call mental enrichment.
Let’s see if he likes this: Are we gonna get it out? We gonna get it out? Go get it. Go
get it. Go on. I’m going to leave him and see if he plays with it himself. Another way
that you can make the crate a really fabulous place to be is to actually feed your puppy
in the crate. Everything about this crate has got to give the puppy positive feelings,
so that puppy wants to go in there whenever you ask him to. When your puppy’s really well
house trained, and you have transitioned him successfully to peeing on the pads to outside,
then you can remove the safe zone, remove the pen, but keep the crate. As your puppy
grows, your crate’s going to grow with your puppy. You can decided to get rid of the crate
all together and just use a bed, but a lot of people just like to use a crate, even if
they have to buy bigger ones as the pup grows, because this has become pup’s favorite place.
A crate is a great place for your puppy, just to hang out. This is his safe place. This
is a place that he can go to if you have lots of people coming in, and he needs a bit of
quiet time. Also, the crate can be taken in the car as well. So you can actually travel
your dog in his bed, so that he gets used to being in the car as well. What you should
not be doing with the crate is putting your puppy in there for hours and hours and hours,
and leaving him in there. Because if you do that you’re actually encouraging your puppy
to toilet in the crate. So that negates this crate’s advantages, right there and then.
Also, when you just leave a dog in a crate for hours and hours and hours, you can cause
all kinds of anxiety problems. You’re gonna encourage your puppy to chew, because your
puppy’s gonna get bored and then chew whatever is in the crate. But also, you’re gonna cause
the puppy anxiety. What’s the puppy got to do all day? Maybe it’s finished with a toy
you’ve given it, and then its got hours and hours and hours to wait, doing absolutely
nothing until you come home. That’s why this safe zone is so important. So if you do have
to go out and work–that puppy can be maybe in the crate for an hour–get somebody to
come in, let your puppy out, so puppy can be in the safe zone. And if you do have to
go out for longer than an hour or so, then you can have the crate open with the door
open, so puppy can go in his crate and come out and pee, using the pad, if he needs to.
But don’t leave a young puppy in a crate for hours and hours and hours on end. That’s just
not fair on the puppy and is really going to set your house training process way back.
And that’s how you house train your puppy, positively. I’m Victoria Stilwell for eHow
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79 thoughts on “Positive House Training With a Crate | Teacher’s Pet With Victoria Stilwell

  1. Most puppies that have big crates tend to use one side for sleeping and the other side for pee and poo.

  2. OMG Thanks SOO much Victoria! My puppy never likes to be in a crate- he never been in a crate before. The only thing is that he dont like to be left alone. I actually dont know how put Charlie (my pets name) in a crate yet. So thanks so much Victoria hes LOVES his crate! Believe it or not, he spents most his time in his crate! XD

  3. I am concerned about the crate. My puppy will become a huge dog since he is a English Mastiff. I have had two before in the last 22 years and just did potty training by bringing the puppy outside often during the day. I think the "safe zone" concept is great. I am just not sure if I would do the crate part of it yet?

  4. You know what I think is so awesome? Watch what this puppy does after the training – all he wants is to be with Victoria. He just loves her. It's adorable. If she were harsh with that puppy in any way, it wouldn't act like that. My vote is for positive reinforcement every time. 🙂

  5. My puppy loves her crate so much that now that shes full grown she still sleeps in it. I started with a large crate because she a golden retriever I knew that she would get much bigger. I didn't want to buy a crate every few weeks, ha ha.

  6. I dont have a pupy but i love them and i am going to yeach my friend the crate traning because she just got a new shorkie puppy

  7. Is that puppy yours Victoria?Oh and my friend i was talking about in my last comment is called Victoria!

  8. Victoria, what do you when he starts chewing and digging the pads? I'm afraid he's going to start eating them.

  9. Hello Victoria! I have watched and loved your videos. I hope you will be having a video showing how to teach a puppy to stay. My friend's Lhasa Apso gave birth a month ago and she's giving me a puppy. I want him not to get out of the house when the gate's open. And what other tips can you provide for first-time owners? Thanks! Hope to hear from you soon! =)

  10. Hi Victoria! I have a question. My puppy doesn't like the chew toy I bought for him. It's a spiked ball. I used it to lure him into his crate but he doesn't want to be in his crate. I also tried food and ended up with the same result. Is there a difference between custom made crates and those crates for sale in the market? I asked a carpenter to construct a small crate for my puppy a week ago. Please help me. Thanks!

  11. is crate training only for when you're trying to potty train your puppy? when i get a dog and it's well potty trained, i want it to be able to choose where it wants to sleep whether it be in the crate, or on my bed.

  12. We kennel train all our dogs saves us a lot of money never did this when we where training them as a puppy during the night we would throw toys in it along with one with treats in it and put the puppy in it, then lock her in, both of my dogs wined for the first week but after that they where fine Aly, now my 3 year old brown lab/border collie loves her kennel she uses it everyday even if we don't ask her, my 3mon old golden labretriever doesn't so much because Alys in it a lot but she is trained

  13. Love the videos, Do you have any tips for dogs who show possessiveness of objects or food?
    Is there a way to prevent that behavior starting at the puppy stage?

  14. Yes! We have a great one from Victoria all about food guarding. Just delete the spaces in the URL:

    youtube . com / watch?v=ZdB1Rb1kGxE

  15. I'm a little fed up with one of my two puppies (brothers). They are .75chihuahua/.25dachshund mix. Little bro started off just fine, always toileting straight away when going outside. Big bro was always far too distracted outside & made accidents in the kitchen (where they live). So I crated big bro for 20-30 min increments taking him out. He surpassed little bro & was completely housebroken in a few days. Little bro just will not learn, always hiking his leg on the cabinets. i'm beside myself.

  16. what do you do if you don't have a playpen for yur new puppy? just a little bed? would you still need a playpen/crate or is it ok just to have a space for he/she/it?

  17. victoria is a great trainer and i like it when the crate is used for positive training. however, i have a friend who locks her dog in the crate for hours on end (every day when she goes to school). poor dog 🙁

  18. We have a 7 month old Frenchie. He used to be okay for 8 hrs in his crate every night until recently, which he goes bezerk and has incessant barking the remainder of the night until we let him out. He doesn't need to potty, just seems to be frustrated he's in his crate (even with crate specific toys). Any suggestions? Thanks!

  19. now the crate is in the safe zone, could i leave the crate open but in that enclosed pen? when i go out for long hours? thanku~ victoria is wonderful.~

  20. I love doggy videos online. They often make me chuckle. However a great number of pet owners are slowly and gradually KILLING their pet dogs… The shit commercial dog food companies put into dog food brings about cancer malignancy and makes pet dogs die young.. In order to save your dog's life look for Double Life Dog Diet (Use Google.) I'm very happy I was able to!

  21. I'm looking to adopt a puppy. But, I have nobody to look after a dog while I'm at work during the day. Is it even possible I can adopt such a young dog that won't start having problems because of this? I really would like to bring the dog up from a young age so I'm THE person he/she looks to.

  22. Thanks for the great tips!! Will definitely share them with the family.
    I have one quick question: We have our puppy for almost a week already, is there still enough time to start toilet training? We have a Jack Russel terrier pup.
    Thanks in advance

  23. Hi fellow sufferes !!, for an online dog training program that really works, go to onlinedogtraining.us. So many videos for all problems.

  24. Something she forgot to mention that I think some people don't realise is that if you leave a dog or puppy in their crate for hours on end, thereby forcing them to toilet in it, you are teaching your puppy not to care where he toilets.
    Dogs naturally won't soil their bed, or right by their food unless they absolutely cannot hold it, which is why crates are useful in house training – they should be just big enough to be a comfy, spacious bed, and small enough so that the dog realises that, to soil in there, would be to ruin their sleeping area. This motivates them to hold it (within reason). If you leave them there and make them soil their bed then eventually they 'un-learn' that natural inclination to stay clean and that makes house training so hard.
     Its a problem you see a lot in dogs from puppy-farms/mills/overcrowded understaffed shelters that have been kept in cages too long…

  25. so if I have to leave the dog to go to work, I should leave the  crate open, so the dog can move around?

    Also, I will have two puppies in the crate–a big crate–and I will be training them together.  Any hints on that?

  26. interesting video , If anyone else is discover the most effective hints for training their dog try banfan turbo dog trainer (do a search on google)? Ive heard some awesome things about it and my partner got cool results with it. 

  27. Hey! Have you thought about Cesario Bad Dog Buster (google it) for dog training? Ive heard some great things about it and my mate had stellar results with it. 

  28. hmm, not sure if this is such good advise, as you are causing a negative emotional link between the human and the toy… bad for dogs prone to steal objects or guarding types. When my last boy was a puppy, I gave the toy for him to play with in the crate and put my hands in there and played with him in there. This teaches the dog that crates are cool, humans won't take their toys (in fact they add fun), and that humans are welcome in their space.

  29. I think it's important to know that given time and patience you can also train a pup without a crate, all that time taken to get a dog used to the crate could be spent on training. The dog I have had from a pup was trained crate free and she is such a good girl at 5 yrs old now, each to their own obviously but it is possible to crate free train as well as train with a crate

  30. Clearly there are some good techniques and tips here on crate training. That said, if this trainer is training people on how to train dogs using positive reinforcement, then why are viewers being scolded for the last two minutes of the video? Ms. Stilwel raises her voice, sharpens her tone, she wags her finger, and puffs up and waves her hands in a dominant, authoritative manner. If these techniques don't work with dogs, why does she use them with people viewing?

    Also, is there any evidence that leaving a dog in a crate for more than an hour or so (one hour) causes any kind of damage? I did a quick search of the scholarly and wasn't able to find anything. If you read these comments, as the info section states that you do, Could you suggest a few articles, Ms. Stilwel? I'd love to read some. All I was able to find were articles suggestion that puppies places in crates overnight have fewer accidents (Taylor and Mills, 2006). Also, I found that dogs sleep an average of 12.9 hours per day or 53.8% of a 24-hour period (Wauquier et al 1979), and other work suggests that puppies sleep even long. It seems like a dog could stay in a crate while it sleeps for longer than an hour. If you actually do read these comments, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

  31. We use the crate method here and it works amazingly well, less issues of introducing new animals to each other – when using this method. Highly recommend it to everyone and when adopting out new family members they come with all of their possessions (including a crate).

    Our animals are so secure with their crates that they choose to go lay in them.

  32. i have made a mini room for my puppy around 2 meters long with only one feet long opening from which air can come in. is it fine if i use that room for my puppy instead of a crate ?

  33. Aw I don't have a choice. We have no nearby doggy day cares and we have no pet sitters willing to ask for a fair pay. I have to leave my puppy alone with a radio for sounds, a couple of toys, food, water, potty pads, and an open door crate with bed in his play pen 8 hours while I'm at school. Is this ok? 🙁

  34. hi victoria my 12wk old puppy crys at night in crate he will sleep for few hrs then 6am he wont go bk sleep.loud crys we dont use crate for punishment.we have it in sitting room day time door open with toys.HELP

  35. thanks i hve got him sleeping longer thk goodness.changed hrs of eating and drinkin hes old enough to go out on lead so im walkin him aswell the house play toys.i cant leave him out of crate as yet hes into everyting my home be ruined.i cud here him crying wen i getting out of car i was only out 20mins .

  36. I used a few secrets from the videos at https://twitter.com/382b288b8e8327261/status/742623739800653824?uid=8a2a7293-bf6e-4a3f-a1dc-5888a962ac33 to get our puppy to stop biting, digging, peeing inside, and jumping on people. He’s a fast learner and mastered 95% of it within a few days Positive House Training With a Crate | Teacher's Pet With Victoria Stilwell

  37. hi everyone ,if anyone else needs to find out about puppy training videos try Loctavan Quick Puppy Strategy ( search on google ) ? Ive heard some super things about it and my mate got excellent results with it.

  38. I have "Never" put a dog in a crate.. I put the crate there with the door open (left open) if the dog wants to use it, it
    does of its own accord (I still leave it open)
    Many people use the crate as punishment which is cruel, the dog does something bad so they lock it in its crate, which is wrong !

  39. My puppy looks exactly like him! hes a husky and hes teething so regardless we leave his crate open he still chews up the puppy pads help!!

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