The long-anticipated wait is over, today is the day you get to bring the newest member of your family home. Your new Corgi pup is a bundle of energy and so much fun to play with, but then without warning, the little pooch lifts his leg and pees on the floor right in front of you. Argh, now you have a mess to clean up. It also means that it's time to start crate training your pup and working with him to only go potty outside where it is allowed.
But potty training is only one reason for crate training your Corgi. He should see his crate as his den or safe place. During his puppy days, a crate can be used during the day when you are work or at night when you are trying to sleep. Although there are many who feel crates are inhumane, the reality is that when your Corgi sees his crate as his den, he will enjoy being in it.
When handled properly, crate training can be a great housebreaking tool, to create a safe place for your pup when he is scared, a way to go on vacation with the family, and of course, the perfect place to sleep at night. Part of the training process lies in turning the crate from what, to many, might look like a prison into a comfortable space for your pup that he can call his own. Due to his natural instinct to search for a den, he will soon see his crate as just that.
Bear in mind, you should never use his den as a form of punishment. If you do so, he will soon start refusing to go in it, completely negating all the hard work you put into crate training him in the first place. If you feel you must have a place to use as punishment or time out spot, have a gated off area in a different part of your home and set it up with the bare necessities. Perhaps nothing more than a piece of carpet. Never leave your Corgi in the time out spot for more than 10-15 minutes.
It starts with choosing the right size crate for your Corgi. If you get one that is too small, your furry buddy won't have room to move around or stretch out. If you buy one that is too big, your pup may tend to use one end as his potty and the other as his place to sleep, negating its usefulness. If you must buy a larger crate to be used when your dog is full-grown, put a divider in it to keep it smaller at first. Beyond this, there are a few supplies you might need.
Along with these items, you will need a large supply of patience and the time needed to work with your pup.
We have done all the suggestions for crate testing, but our puppy will not go in the crate! We’e had him 5 weeks now, and we need to start leaving the house , but we know we shouldn’t force him into the crate. At night, we physically pick him up and put him in, but we want him to go in on his own.
Hello Karen, At this point, with you needing to go back to work, I would use a leash to quickly lead pup into the crate, and work on tolerance to being in the crate and general calmness about entering - even though that will involve leading pup into it instead or luring with treats. Have treats sprinkled in the crate for him. Lead pup into the crate quickly with the leash - keeping pup's momentum going so he is inside before he hits the breaks. Close the door. Wait until he gets quiet in the crate for a second, then sprinkle in more treats. After a few minutes, while he is quiet, open the crate using the method from the article linked below - so pup doesn't burst out of the crate but learn to go out slowly and calmly. Practice the going in and out of the crate from the video linked below for several short sessions each day - until going in and out have become boring its happening so often - and it's not just associated with being crated for long periods of time. When pup is doing well in the crate, sprinkle treats through the crate wires. When you crate pup for longer, place a dog food stuffed hollow chew toy like a kong - look up various interesting way, including freezing them, to stuff Kongs to make them interesting for pup. If you give a frozen kong, place a straw through the holes before loosely stuffing the sides with mushy dog food (that's been soaked in water until mushy), then freeze the whole thing. Remove the straw after its frozen, to leave a hole to prevent suction while pup chews. Crate manners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn5HTiryZN8 Skip to the part where the door is closed with pup inside in the surprise method from the article linked below, and practice the treat rewarding and Kong reward for quietness during the day while in the crate also - which I described a bit above - this is just more details with timing. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My pup Stitch is deaf is there anything different I should be doing while crate training?
Hello Raul, I actually suggest following the training advice from the Surprise method from the article I have linked below instead of the Corgi specific article. The return of your presence and treats when pup gets quiet in the crate, outlined in the surprise method, should help communicate how to be calm and quiet in the crate to pup, without needing to use verbal praise to teach that. Surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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