Your Doberman puppy probably feels like your whole world right now. Everyone that has seen him instantly goes ‘awww’ and wants to stroke him and to be honest, you can’t blame them. You’re loving every minute of looking after him and having him by your side. However, an important part of his growing up is learning to accept his crate. So, unfortunately, no matter how cute he is, he still needs to learn to use his crate.
Training him to use a crate is good for him in the long run. Firstly, he will have somewhere safe and secure he can escape to, his own territory. Secondly, it will teach him how to spend time on his own, which will prevent him getting separation anxiety when you leave for work. Finally, it will hopefully stop him going to the toilet on your nice floors and causing damage at night when you aren’t around to watch him.
Training any puppy to accept his crate can be a challenge and Dobermans are no exception. You will firstly need to make sure you have the right crate for him. You will then have to take steps to make the crate as comfortable as possible for him. A routine will also need to be established, so he’s used to heading there and feels comfortable when he is in his crate. Successful training often relies on finding the right incentive. Treats or toys will often go a long way.
Because he’s a puppy and Dobermans are confident and obedient, he could respond to training in just a few days. If not and he’s particularly needy, then you may need a couple of weeks before you see consistent results. Get this training right and you will no longer have to worry when you head upstairs at night!
Before you can start with training you will need a few bits. The right sized crate will obviously be the first essential. You will then need blankets and an array of toys to help it feel like home and make him comfortable.
Stock up on some treats, or break his favorite food into small pieces. They will be used to motivate him throughout training. Try and be there as much as possible to start with; consistency is key if you want swift results.
Once you have all that, you just need willpower and a positive attitude, then work can begin!