The Biggest Dog Crate Training Mistakes – Updated in 2017!

This guide will aid those that are having problems crate training their pet dogs. Crate training is very important for discipline purposes.

Big Crate Training Mistake #1:


If you let your dog in his crate for long periods of time you will end up with a dog that starts eliminating in his crate and, believe me, that is a tough problem to solve!

The number of hours you can let your dog in his crate depend on his age. The younger your dog, the shorter this period is.

Big Crate Training Mistake #2:

If you put your dog in his crate, shut the door and leave or, even worse, use the crate as a form of punishment, you will ultimately destroy your chance of successful crate training your dog.

If you want to make sure that your dog will hate his crate, this is the best way to do it! Especially if you have a heavy duty dog crate.

First of all, as stated in Mistake #1, your dog should not be left in his crate for long periods UNTIL he is crate trained.

Believe me; you do not need the frustration of chasing your dog around the house when it is time for you to leave for work.

Chewing is extremely rewarding for a dog or puppy. It is a natural behaviour and dogs need to chew. The problem most new dog owners have to bring their dog to chew on ONLY pleasant things.

Big Crate Training Mistake #3:

Because everyone says that a crate is the quickest way to housebreak a dog, you might be tempted to think that all you have to do is to buy a dog crate and put your dog in it and that he will be magically housebroken!

Unfortunately, it does not work that way. It is true however that a crate will skyrocket your housebreaking progress with your dog, but you must first teach your dog to accept his crate.

Why is a crate so helpful to potty train your puppy or dog?

Because it is based on one of your dog’s most natural instinct: the desire not to soil the place where he sleeps.
The 4-step training method that I use is incredibly easy to follow, and it is based on one of the most fundamental dog training principles, i.e. a dog will repeat any behaviour that has positive consequences for him.

If you want your training sessions to be useful, you have to keep them short; it is much better to do five sessions of 2 minutes than one course of 10 minutes. The attention span of a dog is very short, and a puppy’s one is even shorter.