Crate Training Guide for your new puppy.

Get the puppy used to the crate by playing with toys and treats and putting them into the cage.
Use a blanket that the puppy knows and loves on top of the vet bed initially to give it a familiar scent.
For the first few days, allow the puppy to go in and out of the crate but dont shut the door, soon enough it will just become part of the house and seen as a safe zone.

If the puppy barks whilst in the crate, ignore…do not acknowledge. If the puppy thinks that barking will get him attention or played with, this will get worse over time. If the puppy has a specific bark for a wee, open the cage and immediately put the puppy outside and give lots of praise. If the dog sounds in distress or is hurt, let him out immediately.

We want the puppy to be relaxed and calm in the crate, it takes a few days for the whining and barking to calm down but you must ignore this behaviour and soon enough it will cease. I imagine the children will want to calm him down, go to the crate and touch him, this is a no no.

When you let the puppy out of the cage, only open the door when quiet and calm (no point barking or getting excited, we want to reward calm behaviour…the puppy will soon learn he comes out quicker for being quiet.)

Never put the puppy in the crate as a punishment, it is a safe zone, his own room.

Put a safe chew toy in the cage to give Mork something to play with.

Sometimes putting a blanket over the top or sides makes it feel a little bit safer.

If possible, always take the collar off before the puppy goes into the crate to ensure the collar does not get snagged on the metal and hurt him.