Avoid forcing a dog to go into a crate. If he needs to be confined while you are way before you can try any of these tips, most dogs better tolerate a wire exercise pen (also known as a X-pen). They are square with 4 foot wide side panels. Placed in a corner with two large pieces of furniture on the other sides, the X-pen is stabilized so the dog cannot push it around or push it over. Make sure it is tall enough to prevent the dog from jumping out. Tops are available if the dog is a climber. Hiring a dog sitter, taking the dog to daycare or taking the dog with you may be options until you can crate train the dog.

When first adding duration, it is helpful to ensure the dog has had a good amount of exercise so he will be tired and begin to associate the crate with being calm and sleeping.

When choosing a crate for a puppy you can either purchase one that the dog will grow into as an adult or buy a series of progressively bigger crates second hand. With the larger one, you will need to keep the actual area the puppy is in to be suitable for his current size. Cardboard boxes with the closed side towards the front and wedged into the back of the crate work well for this. Cut down the size of the box as the dog grows to allow more room for the pup.

10 Comments

  1. Hilary Benoit

    September 17, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    I have a Labrador – so I'm getting a 42"x28x 30 crate.

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  2. Blake Conner

    September 17, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    stupid video I hate it

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  3. Bryan Stark

    September 17, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    LOL at 1 minute look at the loose wires just hanging where the door to the crate is. Better not to do that…. unless you are a professional… LOL

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  4. Timmy Timmy

    September 17, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Good looking. Thanks

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  5. Toureen Pet Resort and Spa

    September 17, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    These are excellent ideas! Thanks for sharing. I also love how everyone in the comments has given ideas for the public as well. The first few months are always the hardest when you get a new puppy. These tips will definitely help me next time I do get one! I look forward to waiting more of your informative videos.
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    CCannan
    http://www.toureenkennels.com/

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  6. Marcos Rodriguez

    September 17, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    I will copy everything that you sat

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  7. Kaylee Bueaty

    September 17, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    I am about to get a dog, and I don't know if it will be a puppy or a 2 year old dog, and we will have to kennel it for about 7-8 hours a day. That seems way too long, i was wondering if that it too long. We would put water, food, bed, blanket and toys. Thanks

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  8. Laure-Anne Visele

    September 17, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks for the video, Donna! I link to it in my article on the crate now.

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  9. Donna Hill

    September 17, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Helping an adult dog adjust to a crate. 
    Crate Training Tips for Dog Training

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  10. Donna Hill

    September 17, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Unless you live in a very hot or dry environment, or your dog has a medical issue related to water (salt intake, kidney etc), the dog should be fine for four hours without it. If you are concerned, make sure s/he has immediate access to water when you let them out. If you add water to kibble (or feed raw), your dog should be getting sufficient amount of daily water to not need it while s/he is resting in a crate. Mine only drink extra water during heavy exercise.

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