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Crate Training a Puppy the Right Way

The rules of crate training your Maltese puppy

Looking for some tips on crate training a puppy? You've come to the right
place! I've learned over the years that crate training your puppy is one of the best decisions you can make for you AND your Maltese puppy.

Some of the many advantages of crate training puppies are:

- Keeps him safe and protects your personal possessions from him while you're not around.

- Helps prevent separation anxiety issues.

- Gives him a safe place where he can rest and relax by himself.

Once you're convinced that crate training is best for you and your Maltese puppy, read below for the rules of crate training a new puppy.

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Maltese Puppy Crate Training DOs

Maltese Puppy Crate Training DON'Ts

  • Use for punishment - When crate training a new puppy you should never use it to punish your dog. Do not send him to his crate if he is a "bad boy". You want him to associate his crate with safety and comfort.
  • Rush things - It may take your Maltese puppy awhile to get accustomed to being in his crate for long periods of time. Slowly work your way up from 30 min for puppies 9-10 weeks old to 4-6 hrs for puppies 18 weeks and up.
  • Crate for long periods of time - Never lock your puppy in the crate for extended periods of time over 6 hrs. This often means getting up in the middle of the night to let him out and having a neighbor let him out a few times during the day if you work full time. Once your Maltese is fully grown at around 1 yr old, he will be able to "hold it" longer. Even then, limit his time in the crate to a maximum of 8 or 9 hrs.
  • Use force - When crate training a puppy you should never force him into the crate if he doesn't want to go. This will only make him stressed out, scared, or anxious. Be patient and encourage your Maltese puppy into the crate with a favorite toy or treat.

I hope these tips help you get started with puppy crate training. I'm not an expert so if you'd like to learn more about crate training a puppy, I highly recommend Dove Cresswell's Puppy Training Videos. These videos cover everything from potty training to good puppy manners.

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