Springer Crate Training
Springer Crate Training will make training your puppy so much easier. To the first time user it may seem a litte cruel to put your puppy in a crate. I admit I was of the same school of thought until I did my research and saw just how much Fidget has fallen in love with her own little cosy space, as you can see below.
The added bonus of springer crate training is that while she is happy and snug in her crate you are not worrying about your house being chewed to bits while you put the kids to bed, or make supper. It GIves your puppy routine, structure and emulates what dogs love best, a nice safe den to go to.
What size crate?
The crate needs to be big enough for your adult springer to lie down in, getup and turn around. Some people argue that you may want to get a smaller crate for your puppy then a larger one when she grows. However I have found that Fidget has settled in her larger crate very well.
I place a blanket over the top of her crate so she feels safe and secure like she is in a den, but she can still see out of the corner and front of the crate.
Introducing your Springer Spaniel Puppy to the CrateWhen you introduce your puppy to springer crate training, be sure that you build positive association to the crate for your puppy. This is not a place they get put into when punishing them, this is a happy safe and lovely space all for them.
How long should they remain in the crate?
Once you have managed to settle your puppy in the crate, you need to build up the time they spend in the crate so they don't become distressed or anxious.
8 to 10 weeks old - 30 mins
Night time is slightly different. Your puppy's natural instinct is not to wet their bedding so you can put them in their crate at night, however you must make sure she has been out to the toilet before you put her in and when she is younger set your alarm and let her out at about 2 am so she doesn't soil her bedding.
Puppies over 8 weeks old do have good bladder control especially if they are not able to pee as and when they like, so the crate helps them realise that they can hold on.
Another top tip to remember is not to let them have a drink after about 20.00, that way they are less likely to need a pee in the night.
The Golden Rules of Springer Crate Training
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