Australian Shepherd puppies are the cutest! | crate training your new puppy

Feb 16, 2015 by

Australian Shepherd puppies are the cutest! | crate training your new puppy | Crate training tips for your new puppyCute is not a strong enough word. Have you seen our new puppy!!!We got Crockett just a few weeks ago and he has already stolen my heart in a million ways. I’m obsessed. He’s pretty smart too, and by smart I mean he knows he’s cute enough to get away with murder.

Australian Shepherd puppies and Australian Shepherd mixes may be the most adorable thing on the planet. I had a few spare moments this morning to play outside in the snow with our little goofy pup and my heart just melted. I don’t know how anyone can be sad when there is a puppy involved.

We’ve been working on crate training and potty training in our house. Which if you know anything about puppies can be a tedious endeavor. Especially when said puppy is so smart he knows that I secretly don’t want him to be in his crate. Also, it is really hard to get the puppy to want to go outside to pee when it is incredibly cold and snowy! (Note: Valentines day puppies are a nice gesture, but a totally impractical time to get a puppy!)

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Crockett playing in the snow.

Training is hard! All I want to do when he’s crying is take him out of his crate and snuggle him. Luckily for me, I have will power… ok, barely, and it breaks my heart, BUT all the experts agree that he is not allowed to come out of that crate when he is making noise. Slowly but surely, he is starting to be calm in his crate and sleeps for more than a few hours a night.

Here’s what we have discovered works for crate training our new puppy:

1. Make that crate smaller. No matter what your heart is telling you, your new puppy really only needs enough room to stand, turn around and lay down. Any bigger than that and he will make one side of his crate his bed, and the other side his potty and that doesn’t work for anyone. Seriously, it comes with a divider for a reason. Use it.

2. Cover it up at night! Making it more den-like will make if feel cozier for your puppy and help to calm him. (This works, I promise!) Crockett is not happy unless he’s properly tucked in at night.

3.  Kong toys. God, I love those things!  And no, this is not a sponsored post. When we are gone during the day, I feel terrible about leaving him crated. So he gets his special Kong while we are gone. If you’ve never seen one, it is a cone-shaped rubber toy that you can fill with treats or peanut butter, the dog then has to spend time figuring out how to get the treats out. They also are making a whole bunch of other fun, puzzle-like toys that require a dog to think and to spend time in order to retrieve the treat from inside. Awesome, awesome, awesome. Especially if you have a pup, like mine, who likes to get into trouble: these toys will keep them occupied!

4.  When you open the door of the crate take him right outside. Like immediately. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. You should carry him too, if you can, so that he doesn’t have time to piddle on the floor on the way outside.  And when he does pee outside celebrate like a crazy person. Praise. Dance. Cheer. Jump around like he has just cured cancer…And smother with cuddles.

5. Don’t give up or give in. Even though there is no sound worse than that of a crying, whining, yelping, yodeling, cajoling, sad, pathetic puppy who wants out of his cage… under no circumstances should you let him in your bed. Trust me.

6. All good things happen in a crate. New toys are first presented there, and meals, and treats, and extra cuddles. Make sure to leave the door open and hide some awesome prizes in the crate for puppy to discover on his own. Keep the crate a positive thing, and a positive experience and eventually, with patience, you and your puppy will love it.


Crate training your new puppy doesn’t have to be the worst experience, but you will definitely have moments that try your patience.  Hang in there because a puppy that loves his crate is so much more manageable!

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