Your Husky is a special breed. He likes to talk. He likes to scream. He likes to sing. So when it’s time to crate train your Husky, be aware that he will let you know the entire time he's in there exactly how he's feeling. He's okay. This is just his personality.
If you are unfamiliar with crate training, now is the time to start with your Husky. A crate provides a safe place for your pup to go when you are not home, when he is tired, or during the night when it's time to sleep for several hours at a time. Crate training your Husky can save your home from damage he may cause when he misses you while you are away. Over time, as your Husky gets used to his crate he will see this as his personal safe haven. This will be his bedroom when he's sleepy during the day and needs a nap. This will be the place he goes when you are not home and he needs to be protected just as much as your belongings need to be protected.
When you crate train your Husky, you are teaching him boundaries. You will be teaching him where he will be during certain times during the day such as when you are away from the house. You can train your Husky at any age to begin to use the crate. However, the younger your Husky is, the easier this training will be and the more your Husky will view the crate as his personal space. You can decide to crate train your Husky only during the day, giving him free reign of the house during the night when you sleep, or you can crate train your Husky to only sleep in the crate or both. Eventually, you will notice your Husky going into the crate on his own when he feels sleepy or at bedtime, or when he just needs a break from the world.
Crate training is easy to do when you're well prepared. You will need a crate large enough for your Husky to stand up and turn around. There is no need to get a separate crate for a puppy and an adult. But you may consider blocking off some of the space in the crate while your Husky is a puppy, so your pup doesn't use the extra room as a potty. Be sure to have lots of soft, clean, comfortable bedding in the crate as well. Your Husky will want some entertainment while he's in the crate, so some new toys for him to chew on while you're away will help to keep him happy and entertained. You will also need some high-value treats to encourage him to go into the crate and remind him he's safe while he's training.
Our puppy came home yesterday, he slept pretty well, till 4 am! He began howling after that and absolutely not sleepy at all. What do we do to help him learn 4 is not wake up time?
Hello Ashley, When Zabedee woke up at 4 am did you take him outside to use the bathroom? At nine weeks waking up to pee is completely normal. Expect him to wake up at night for the next few weeks. Many puppies start to sleep through the night around four months of age, possibly sooner. The key is to teach him to only wake up if he needs to pee and not for other reasons, like playing or eating, and to teach him to go back to sleep when you return him to the crate after he pees outside. When you take him outside to pee, take him on a leash and calmly tell him to "Go Potty". When he goes, then take him straight back inside and put him back into the crate. If you are not crating him at night, then start by crate training him. You will not be able to get him to go back to sleep unless you do, if he is loose in your home. The crate will prevent him from chewing your things and hurting himself as he gets more rambunctious with age, and it will help with potty training. Check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Crate Training" method. I suggest crating dogs when you cannot supervise them until they are over one-year-old and show signs of being trustworthy when left alone. Crate training will lead to more freedom for the rest of his life because it will prevent bad long-term habits from developing as a puppy. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Also, make sure that he is not sleeping in the evening for long periods of time leading up to bedtime. If he goes to sleep at 7 pm (even if its in the middle of the den while people are moving about), then he will be fully rested by 4 am and ready for the day. At this age he will need short naps often, but try to keep him from sleeping for multiple hours during the evening until you are ready for him to go to bed - ten hours before you want him to wake up, by playing with him, training, and giving him something calm to do, like chewing a food-stuffed chew toy. Remove all food and water two hours before bed so that his bladder will be empty by the time he goes to bed. Finally, the crying is normal! The first two weeks of crate training and sleeping at night can involve a lot of crying. This is 100% normal. He is a baby and is still adjusting. He needs time to learn to self-soothe and self-entertain. Crate training can help that happen faster if you follow the "Crate Training" method from the article that I have linked above, or one of the methods from the article that I have linked below. Remain consistent with his schedule, don't let him out of the crate unless he needs to pee or he is being quiet, and give him time. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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