Hi all. Ok, so we're planning on crate training our new puppy that we're getting this summer. I'm told that the best way to do this is no food (or water?) in the crate to keep it from having to go to the bathroom. But, I'm also told that filling a Kong toy with peanut butter or treats is a great way for them to pass the time. Soooo..., isn't that counter productive? Just wondering what everyone does in this situation. Thanks!
You don't have to give a small puppy a toy with anything in it, but if you do, it's usually a very small amount. When you're crate training, you take the water and food out at night because a puppy has a small bladder, and has to be taken out at night, with out food or water. Small puppies tend to knock it over and stand in it also. When you actually get the puppy it will all make more sense to you. You will see his or her toilet habits, whether or not he or she needs lots of distraction to keep the dog happy. In the meantime, do a bit of research on crate training, that might help too. Good luck with your new puppy.
I do not crate my dog at night but when I am gone I do. I do put water in his crate but not food.( it doesn't appear that he drinks it though, it's always full) i will sometimes give him a kong or milk bone though. I also make sure he is not in his kennel for more than 5 hours though, that just happens to be suitable for him while my other dog can go 8 hrs. Just like the other post said, you'll learn!
Another thing to consider is the size of the crate. If you are getting a large breed puppy, you will have to buy several crates as the puppy grows. In this case size really does matter! I personally never leave pups in crates without access to water, but for a first timer with crate training, it might be a good idea to remove the water at bedtime. But then again, most of my pups get crated trained on there way to there first dog show. By the time we get home, they are trained. lol So they eat there dinner in there crate as well. It's just a show dog thing.
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I dont like leaving them without water for any length of time-I think how miserable it is to be thirsty! I just dont leave MUCH water-just enough to keep them comfortable-like a half inch in the bottom of the bowl. As for eating- stuffing a treat in a kong isnt MUCH food, and it takes them a long time to get it out, and usually only a little bit comes out at a time, so I think you would be fine with that. I would mention-in the start, dont put any bedding in the crate- I know it is hard, but it doesnt take Fido long to figure out they can pee on a towel and push it out of the way and not get wet. Once they are trustworthy, then put bedding in. In the meantime, remember dogs are quite content sleeping on their backs with all four feet in the air in a sunny spot in the driveway, so a crate floor is not going to be a terrible imposition! Also, make sure you start with a small crate, as Windy mentioned,just big enough for him to turn around in, otherwise they might pick a corner to mess in and they can get away from it. Some large crates have partitions you can put up to make them smaller- that might save you from having to buy multiple crates.