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6 Easy Steps To Crate Train A Corgi

The thrill of the big event might be overpowering as you prepare to welcome a new Corgi puppy into your household.

Corgis, thankfully, are much easier to teach than most tiny breeds. Crate training should begin as soon as your new pet arrives in your home to help prevent unwanted behavior.

Continue reading "6 Easy Steps To Crate Train A Corgi" by BestForPets (bestforpets.org) for six advice on how to crate train a Corgi.

The 6 Tips on How to Crate Train a Corgi

1. Select the Correct Crate Size

The first step in crate training your Corgi is picking the correct size crate. You want a little kennel to make your puppy feel comfortable, as though they’re cuddling in their own den. The puppy must sit, stand, turn around, and lie down in the kennel at the same time.

Your Corgi’s crate will be ineffective as a house training tool if it is too large. Puppies have a tendency to avoid soiling their bed, but a jumbo-sized crate allows them to move away from the bed and create a mess. If you intend to use a crate with your puppy as he develops, you may need to upgrade to a larger one at some point.

2. Making The Crate More Comfortable

Once you’ve decided on the perfect crate, devote some time to making it a comfortable environment for your puppy. You can add “home” furnishings such as a bed or blanket, toys, a water bowl, and possibly a piece of clothing that smells like you. You want your dog to find the kennel appealing.

If your puppy is a destructive chewer, you may need to limit the objects in his kennel for his protection. Keep everything basic, at least until the teething period is over. Put the crate in a peaceful area close enough to the family for your dog to feel included while still having some privacy.

3. Use Treats to Entice Your Corgi to Enter the Crate

To begin teaching your Corgi to utilize their crate, place some treats inside to entice your puppy to enter. When your dog explores and hangs out in their new den, praise and feed them extra treats.

This stage teaches your puppy that the crate is not a dangerous place, but rather a safe place where wonderful rewards arrive! Keep the crate door open and offer positive reward if you witness your puppy utilizing the container on their own.

4. Instruct your Corgi to go to their crate

You can add a command to help your Corgi learn to go there when you ask as your puppy becomes more comfortable with their kennel. Other logical words to use are “kennel” or “crate,” but the most important thing is to use whichever command you choose consistently.

Give your puppy the order, then lure them inside the kennel with a goodie. Gradually increase the level of difficulty by only treating your Corgi when they enter the crate on demand.

5. Close the Door…Slowly

Some Corgi puppies may accept being confined to their crate without protest, but the majority will whine at least little. Begin slowly to assist your dog become accustomed to being enclosed in a crate.

Close the door, offer your puppy some treats, and let them out after a few minutes. Open the door only when your puppy isn’t whining, even if that means opening it when their mouth is full!

Otherwise, your puppy will learn that whining opens the door, and you’ll have some sleepless nights. Increase the amount of time your puppy spends in the crate with the door closed gradually. This may necessitate ignoring some whining while remaining tough.

6. Never Punish with the Crate

You should never use your Corgi’s crate to penalize bad behavior since you want them to feel safe and content in it. This may cause your puppy to develop bad associations with the crate, making them afraid to go inside.

If your puppy is too eager and needs to calm down, you should be wary about utilizing the crate as a “timeout” location. If you know your dog will be overstimulated by house guests, be proactive and put them in their crate ahead of time.

Why Should You Crate Train Your Corgi?

Some dog owners may be concerned that crate training their Corgi is cruel. Crate training, on the other hand, can be a useful tool if done appropriately.

A crate serves the demand of dogs for a den-like environment where they can relax safely. Crate training also makes housebreaking easier. Corgis prefer to be clean, and using the crate might teach them to “hold it” until you let them out.

Corgis, especially as puppies, are highly capable of getting into mischief. Crate training your Corgi provides a safe way to keep them confined and out of danger when you’re not at home.

Note that pups under 6 months old should not be crated for more than 3-4 hours at a time. Older dogs can stay in their crates for 6-8 hours, but don’t leave them for too long, and make sure they get enough of attention and exercise when you’re home.

Conclusion

Corgis are bright and eager to please, which means they learn rapidly. You may crate train your Corgi as easily as possible by utilizing their instincts and following these six suggestions in “6 Easy Steps To Crate Train A Corgi” by BestForPets (bestforpets.org) .

Although we used a puppy as an example, these suggestions are also useful if you need to crate or house-train an adult Corgi.

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Dr. Deborah Fletcher

Deborah R. Fletcher, DVM, is a skilled veterinarian with more than 15 years of experience dealing with companion and exotic animals. She has experience caring for a variety of animals, including household cats and dogs, reptiles, birds of prey, and even primates. Dr. Fletcher is a valuable part of the BestForPets team, where she contributes to their aim of providing pets and their owners with the finest possible treatment and services.

Veterinarian (DVM) Dr. Deborah Fletcher

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