Opies’s First Day of Crate Training

Day 1

Early in the afternoon we went to the Dog park. Opie had a good romp with 5 new dog friends. He was suitably tired when we got home to pick up my husband and youngest son. The eldest decided to stay home.  We took Opie with us to the pet store so that we could be certain that the crate I’d looked at was the right size for him.  I also wanted my husbands input on whether this was the kind we wanted at all.

Here is the one we chose —  Precision Crate GRC3000.  Opie  can stand up in it and theree’s room for him to turn around a few times to get comfortable.  He’s the size of most toy poodles or Mini schnauzers. He weighs 20 pounds.  This crate is just the right size for him.  Here are the dimensions — 30″L x 19″W x 22″H.

Precision GRC3000

You’ll notice that it has two doors. We weren’t exactly sure how we’d set it up.  We liked the flexibility. As it is, we are not entirely happy because neither door opens so that it is flush with the crate wall. This means that with the door ajar we run the risk of shutting it accidentally or running into it. It’s a bit of a hazard. We may rethink where the crate is currently.

This is a collapsible crate and really easy to put together. It comes in a flat box. You pull it out of the box and just pull it up. There were directions, but  the crate was up and ready before we finished reading them.

Opie’s bed was already made by the same people who made the crate and the exact right size. We’d bought it back in July when we first adopted him.  It fit perfectly within the crate.

I should tell you that Opie was sniffing the flat crate and tried to go into the it before it was ready a couple of times while we were putting it together.

Opies Crate with a few toys and his bed -- ready for use!

We put his bed inside, his bully stick, and tug of war rope.  All the literature said that the crate should be located where the family hangs out.  We placed it right on top of the usual spot where his bed rests.  He sniffed the outside of it.  All the literature said that we should gradually get him to go near it with treats — that we should be gradual about everything.  However, it was dinner time.  So, we put his  dinner bowl inside.  We expedited this step a bit. He ate all of his food and went for a walk with my eldest son.  When he got back, we had treats in the crate.   Within about 2 hours, here’s what happened.

 I’ll let the pictures tell the story.

 
 
 

Hmm this looks interesting, ...hmmm smells familiar... TREATS!!!

Ahh! This is comfortable.

 

Zzzzzzzzzzz!

 Opie went in and out of his crate for the remainder of the evening for little naps. We continued to reward him with treats and praise for being in his crate.   By 10PM  we all decided to go to bed. Opie dragged himself out of his crate and went to his bed in our bedroom and flopped down. He didn’t budge until 6:45AM. 

So that was our first day… I think this dog was crate trained before.

Feel free to offer comments and suggestions for our crate training journey.  We plan to try closing the crate on Saturday for short times. I hadn’t anticipated doing this so soon, but as I recount his first day, he is currently resting in his crate and chewing on his bully stick.  Go figure!

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About Opie and Opie's Mom

Snorkie with attitude. My mom writes about me and sometimes she lets me write something too. I was rescued July 11, 2010! I am so happy! I love my family and I hate squirrels. I don't know any cats but the neighborhood cats are fun to bark at. Read Opie's Mom's Blog to find out more about me. View all posts by Opie and Opie's Mom

2 responses to “Opies’s First Day of Crate Training

  • Mary

    Just got a puppy from shelter but having trouble with crate training, she still goes in the crate and since I just started, day 2 I guess I am getting worried as to whether I should try just he puppy pads. Coming from a shelter atmosphere seems to not help as far as going in the crate, even though I read this is rare. Oh well going to try for a few more days.

    • Opie and Opie's Mom

      Hi Mary,
      It sometimes help to also reward when the puppy does his business outside of the crate. It could be that the crate is too big. Usually people recommend a divider in a large crate for puppies. Opie is a 16 pound snorkie. His crate as an adult would have needed to be divided into 1/2 or a 1/3 of it’s size when he was a puppy. If the space is too large then they feel perfectly comfortable pooping in a corner of the crate. Additionally, it helps to try and guess when things are going to happen — 1/2 hour after eating or drinking, etc — and try and get puppy to go outside. Opie loves to be outdoors and will NOT go in the house unless he’s ill or we are not paying attention. He always tells us. Sometimes figuring out their “pee-pee” dance helps too. Good luck and Congrats on your new puppy! Don’t worry most dogs DO get potty trained.
      Your pal,
      Opie’s mom

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