Dog owners may feel that putting a German Shepherd in a crate may be harmful but this is not the truth. German Shepherds are den animals like other dogs. Which means that they prefer to have a small safe environment that is all theirs where they can sleep and rest.
You may also have noticed that German Shepherd even try to seek Cozy little spots in the house by hiding under the tables. Providing a crate to your German Shepherd Puppy that has a soft and comfortable blanket and his favorite toy will make your puppy feel safe. Your cute puppy will begin to grow quickly and will go through a variety of stages which involve chewing a on to household objects.
There will be time when you will need a brief break from watching you puppy closely and placing him in the crate will be a safe haven for both of you. Don’t punish you puppy and place him in his crate.
The crate is a peaceful solution for times when you need to leave the house or you need to clean it or when taking care of other chores. This will also be helpful in the future if you ever need to take the puppy to a kennel or a groomer where he will be placed in a crate. His early exposure to the crate will benefit him in the long run. This also be helpful when you need to take your puppy to the veterinarian. Another great benefit of crate training is for potty training your puppy.
For crate training you will need choose a crate that is large enough for you puppy when he is adult size. The adult size dog should be a capable of sitting, standing, turning around and stretching in the crate without scratching his own skin against the crate.
This training is fairly easy. Place a blanket in the crate and the puppy’s favorite toy to give him company. Also note, that dogs do not go to bathroom in their crate, so this is something you do not have to be worried about. Now gently place your puppy in the crate and throw some treat inside so that he may understand it to be a pleasurable experience. Now shut the crate’s door and allow him to stay in for 10 minutes. He may at first cry or bark to get out but don’t give in too easy. In the beginning sit next to the crate to calm him down and speak to him in soft tone.
Now let you puppy out after 10 minutes and give him a treat. Wait for an hour and then place him again in the crate but now for 20 minutes. Walk away but don’t leave the house. Let him out and repeat the procedure each time by adding 10 minutes to the time frame. Gradually take the time frame up to 1 hour at a time with the maximum being four hours.
Your little puppy will have a small bladder so it will not be will be leave him for long periods of time.