Crate Training Weimaraner
There are many good reasons for crate training Weimaraner puppies. The process is also quite simple as long as you start with a puppy between the ages of 10 and 16 weeks, so you may find yourself quite hard pressed to find a reason not to take this simple and effective training step.
Why Dogs Love Crates
Dogs in the wild live in dens, which means that the ancestors of your new Weimaraner puppy probably did to. A dog’s den is usually a small, dark space where they can sleep safely, protected from the dangers of the wild.
For this reason, your puppy Weimaraner actually comes to you predisposed to liking the type of enclosed environment that a crate provides.
Setting the Stage
When you begin crate training Weimaraner puppies, you should first allow them to become familiar with the crate. Let them walk in and out, leave the door open and maybe even feed them inside the crate. That way, they will begin to form positive associations with the crate and see it as a safe and comfortable place.
Closing the Door
Once your puppy is comfortable going in and out of the crate, you should begin to confine him there for short periods of time. This doesn’t mean that you should just toss him in there, shut the door and walk away, however.
This will only cause your puppy to form negative associations with being in the crate because he will associate confinement there with your absence.
Rather, the best method for crate training Weimaraner puppies is to stay where they can see you when you first confine them to their crate. They will likely protest and carry on for a bit, but being able to see you will keep them from getting too upset or reacting too extremely.
You do have to be sure not to let your Weimaraner puppy out of the crate while he is still making noise and carrying on. This will quickly sabotage your entire crate training regimen because it will lead your dog to believe he can get what he wants just by whining and barking.
Weimaraners are particularly prone to separation anxiety, so you don’t want to do anything that may encourage that trait from rising to the surface.
However, with proper crate training, Weimaraners are actually less likely to exhibit this behavior. When he feels safe in his crate, your Weimaraner will be much less inclined to work himself into a frenzy over your absence.
Crate training Weimaraner puppies is also an excellent way to help speed up the housebreaking process. Since a dog’s den is such a special place, they have very strong instincts not to soil it. This is a particularly effective technique for eliminating overnight accidents and will help your dog build up bladder control more quickly.
The Right Place in the Household
Setting up your dog with his own separate sleeping space is also an effective way of communicating to him his place in the household. Again, the reason for this goes back to the way that dogs naturally interact in the wild.
In a pack, the leader or alpha maintains his sleeping space separate from the rest of the pack. If you don’t show your dog that his sleeping place is separate from yours, he will not be as likely to accept you as the alpha and take direction from you.
Keep the Door Open
Also, a Weimaraner who is properly crate trained will have his own separate space to go when he feels overwhelmed or threatened. This helps to eliminate other unwanted behaviors like aggression and can make your dog much more comfortable with his place in the household.