Crate training depends on your dog’s age (generally, the younger, the easier). It is much more advantageous to crate train a puppy at an early age, especially if residing in an apartment in a city such as New York.
An older dog may not take to create training as easy and can cause a little tension between neighbors. It might take a few days or it might take a few weeks. It all depends on the experiences he has had in the past and his age. Crate training helps a dog with his potty training too. Crates are meant to provide dogs with a safe and cozy den, his own little space. They will be their little sleeping beds as well as their room when you are out.
A few tips, which can help you crate train your dog, are mentioned below.
Allow them some time to get used to the crate. A free animal will not be too happy when caged all of a sudden. In this initial stage feed him in the crate while keeping the door open. Do not give them the idea that it is a prison cell for them. Never use a crate as a punishment for your dog. If there is an accident, be patient. Do not make the dog go inside when he knows you are mad or because of an accident. Do not make him think it is a cell. It would never work that way.
Provide your dog with frequent outings for his business to avoid such accidents. Dogs do not soil the place where they sit or sleep. Do not force them to do it by keeping them in for too long. Young puppies should be taken out every hour while mature dogs can go for four hours without a break but not more than that. Usually dogs are provided with their own space in a room by putting a soft mat somewhere with toys around for their attraction. Do the same with their crates. Make them just as attractive and appealing to them.
Every time they go out for potty and refrain from accidents inside the crate, give them a standing ovation. Make your pleasure visible to them. Reward them so they know it is a good thing. Never force them inside the crate. In the beginning you may bribe them to go inside. Also, take them out for walks and games. No creature likes extended confinement. Keeping them locked up inside will only make them grumpy, annoyed and anxious.
When you are home, keep the crate near to you. Keep him happy while he is inside. To make things easier you can keep a record of your dog`s routine. Keep a record of when your dog eats and when he does his business. Then accordingly give him as many breaks to relieve himself. In addition, notice how many times he avails the opportunity and how many times he does not. Keeping a regular record of your dog like this you will easily figure out his routine.
It will make things much more organized providing you peace of mind while your dog can have his due share of attention and care. Moreover, that too, the way he wants it. Crate training is the way to go if you work or tend to go out often. On the other hand, just simply to discipline your dog and teach him a good lifestyle.