What would be the best way in training puppy for kennel time?

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Answered by: Alicia, An Expert in the Care for Dogs and Puppies Category
The training of a puppy takes time and patience. Training a puppy to take to an indoor kennel is a good idea for everyone, as it gives the pup a sense of security (meeting the animal's need of a den), assures the owner the puppy is contained while they are absent, prevents property damage, and prevents injury to the puppy.

Kennels, a cage consisting of metal wire mesh, are different from travel carriers, which must meet certain government safety standards.

Training puppy for kennel can begin when the pup is as young as 8 weeks. With proper care, attention, patience and approach, even an older dog can be trained to stay in a kennel while the owner is away. A kennel meets the animal's basic need for a place that is their very own, like a den.

The purchase of the right kennel for your puppy is very important. The kennel should be large enough for the puppy, when full grown, to stand up on all fours and wide enough for the animal to turn around in. A kennel pad or mattress that is washable should be considered for the puppy's health and comfort, as well as a water dispenser or bowl, and a food bowl.

Step 1: Begin the training by placing the kennel where you want it in your home, preferably in a well ventilated area with a window, along with the accessories. Show the kennel to the puppy for its discovery and inspection, treating the kennel as if it is something special and just for them.

Step 2: I recommend you sit on the floor with the puppy's favorite toy, tossing the toy inside the kennel and allowing the puppy to retrieve the toy, moving in and out of the kennel freely. Continue for 15 to 30 minutes.

Step 3: Leave the kennel and your puppy alone for a little while, watching for acceptance. Repeat Step 2 until you see that the puppy is comfortable around and in the kennel. Occasionally, when the puppy is inside the kennel retrieving the toy, close the door without locking it, allowing the puppy to gain some control with the kennel. The puppy will naturally test the door, opening it, to move in and out of the kennel.

Step 4: For the first kennel test, keep the puppy in the kennel, door locked, for about 15 minutes, reassuring them the whole time.

Step 5: Over a two- to four-week period, increase the time the puppy remains in the kennel in 15 to 30 minute increments. Be sure and leave fresh water and a chewy toy with the puppy (due to teething), to prevent them from chewing on the wire mesh and bruising their gums.

Never treat the kennel as a place for discipline. Training puppy for kennel should always be a pleasant experience in order to be successful for everyone's benefit. If done with patience and care, you will find your puppy freely returning to the comfort of its own space.

Training puppy for kennel can give you the peace of mind that your pup is safe and secure in its space while you are out and about taking care of business. Peace of mind is worth the training for both of you.

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