How to Crate Train Your Labradoodle

Written By: Sharon Becker

Crate training is the process of teaching your pup how to behave and enjoy spending time in a crate. Along with housetraining, this is one of the first things you should do when you get a new puppy. Not all dog owners choose to crate train their dog, but it can be beneficial to both you and your dog. Here are some tips and tricks for crate training your Labradoodle.

Why Crate Train?

The idea behind crate training is that dogs like to have their own special spot. This place is a safe haven where only they can go. Crate training is helpful for housetraining because dogs don’t want to use the bathroom in their special place. It teaches them to hold it until they are let outside to potty. This is also a good place to keep your pup when they’re in the phase of chewing on everything. This way, you know where they are when you’re not watching them. The crate also becomes comfortable place for them to sleep and a safe way to travel.

What to Look for in a Crate

You want a crate that is not too big, but also not too small. As your pup grows, you will need to get a larger crate. Your dog should be able to stand up and turn around in their crate with ease. It should also be small enough that they can’t walk around because then they will use a corner as a bathroom. The crate should be comfortable and cozy. Some organizations even rent out crates so you can switch when you need a new size.

How To Crate Train

Your dog’s crate should always be a pleasant place to be. It should not be used as a place to go for punishment because then your dog will be hesitant to go into the crate. It will take some time to get your Labradoodle fully crate trained, so be patient and positive.

First, let your dog explore their new crate. Put the crate in the kitchen or living room and let them look around on their own time. Make the crate more comfortable by placing a blanket or cushion on the inside. After a while, they might want to go inside a have a look for themselves. If your dog has no interest, go ahead a put a toy or a treat in the crate. If they aren’t taking the bait, put a trail of treats all the way up to the crate. If they don’t want to go in, try again later. Don’t get angry and shove them in there.

Once you get to the point where your dog is willing to go in the crate, start feeding them in the crate. Put the food bowls on the inside and let them enter to eat their meals. This will make crate time a positive experience because they’re rewarded with food. Once they’re comfortable, try shutting the door for a while.