6 Tips voor de benchtraining van je puppy

6 Tips for Crate Training Your Puppy

Owning a puppy is a wonderful experience, but it can also be challenging. One of the most important aspects of raising a puppy is teaching them good habits and behavior. An effective way to do this is through crate training. In this blog post we will discuss what crate training entails and provide some helpful tips to help you and your puppy through the process.

What is crate training?

Crate training, also known as crate training or kennel training , involves teaching your puppy to get used to and comfortable in a special dog crate. The crate acts as a safe place where the puppy can retreat when he is tired, stressed or needs some rest. It also provides structure and helps with toilet training.

6 tips for successful crate training

1. Choose the right crate

Choosing the right crate is essential for successful training. Make sure the crate is large enough for your puppy to stand up, turn around and lie down comfortably. It should also be sturdy and secure, with no sharp edges that could hurt your puppy.

2. Make the crate attractive

To encourage your puppy to go to the crate voluntarily, make it as attractive as possible. For example, place soft bedding that your puppy likes to lie on. You can also place a toy, chew toy or reward treats in the crate to positively associate it with fun and relaxation.

3. Introduce the crate gradually

Start introducing the crate to your puppy by letting him get used to it slowly. Leave the door open so he can walk in and out freely. Encourage your puppy to go inside voluntarily by placing treats in the crate occasionally. Reward him every time he does this so that he develops a positive association with the crate.

4. Use positive reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is an effective way to encourage desired behavior in your puppy. Reward your puppy every time he voluntarily goes into the crate and lies quietly. Use words like "good job" and give him a treat as a reward. This will help your puppy understand more quickly that good behavior is rewarded and encouraged.

5. Build up slowly

Crate training requires patience and consistency. Start with short periods of placing your puppy in the crate and gradually increase this as he becomes more comfortable with his new sleeping spot. Make sure you always take into account your puppy's natural rhythms, such as sleeping, eating and going outside for a potty break.

6. Avoid punishments

It is important to avoid punishment during crate training as it can cause anxiety and negative associations. For example, if your puppy squeaks or whines in the crate, don't immediately respond by taking him out. Wait until he has calmed down for a while before rewarding him.


Crate training is a valuable skill to teach your puppy. It provides a safe place for your puppy and helps build structure in his daily routine. With the right approach and patience, you can successfully train your puppy to feel comfortable in his crate. Follow these tips and enjoy the process as you and your puppy grow together in trust and harmony.

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