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Crates and Crate Training
Labrador Retriever Puppy Crate Training Tips: What Size Crate For A Lab Puppy?
The first thing to remember when deciding on a crate for your puppy is that there are no “right” sizes. There’s not even really any right or wrong sizes; all they’re good for is making sure the dog doesn’t get into too much trouble if he gets out of the crate before bedtime. You want something big enough so that the dog won’t have to stretch himself out in order to fit inside.
If you’re going to buy one, make sure it’s large enough that the dog will be able to stand up inside it comfortably. If you don’t mind spending a little bit extra (and you probably shouldn’t), then go with a bigger crate – but only if your budget allows!
There are two basic types of crates available. Some come with a door and latch, while others don’t. Most dogs like to stretch themselves out during the day, so if you plan on using one that way, it might be best to get one with a door. On the other hand, some dogs prefer their own space at night, so if you need something without a door then consider getting one without a latch.
Ultimately it’s up to you.
How To Crate Train A Puppy
Most dogs will need to relieve themselves after waking up or eating, so if you want to make the process easier, do it before they’ve eaten or woken up. It’s a good idea to take your dog outside first thing in the morning to give them the chance to go (especially if you don’t want to crate them right when you wake up).
When you put your dog in the crate, close it for just a few minutes at first. Give them time to realize that whining, barking, and general fussing isn’t going to help them out. Then after five minutes, open the door and let them out. Do this several times during your training.
Sources & references used in this article:
- The Labrador Handbook: The definitive guide to training and caring for your Labrador (P Mattinson – 2015 – books.google.com)
- Your Labrador Retriever Puppy Month by Month: Everything You Need to Know at Each Stage of Development (T Albert, D Eldredge, D Ironside, B Ironside – 2016 – books.google.com)
- The Everything Labrador Retriever Book: A Complete Guide to Raising, Training, and Caring for Your Lab (KC Thornton – 2004 – books.google.com)
- The Labrador Retriever (S Bolan – 2009 – books.google.com)
- Positive perspectives: Love your dog, train your dog (P Miller – 2003 – books.google.com)