Crate Training a Yorkie
the scientific method
How to Crate Train a Yorkie
Crate training is an important aspect of raising a well-behaved Yorkie, and when done correctly, it can provide a safe and comfortable space for your furry friend. However, it is important to clearly understand the intricacies of crate training, how to properly crate train your Yorkie, and common mistakes to avoid.
Crate training a Yorkie requires patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement. Here are the steps to follow:
1. Choose the Right Crate: Choose a crate that is big enough for your Yorkie to stand up, turn around, and lie down in comfortably. The crate should not be too big, as your Yorkie may start using one end as a bathroom and the other end as a sleeping area.
2. Introduce Your Yorkie to the Crate: Place the crate in a quiet, low-traffic area of your home. Encourage your Yorkie to explore the crate by placing treats, toys, and blankets inside.
3. Gradually Increase Crate Time: Start by placing your Yorkie in the crate for short periods, such as 10-15 minutes. Gradually increase the time your Yorkie spends in the crate, making sure they are comfortable and not anxious.
4. Use Positive Reinforcement: Reward your Yorkie with treats, toys, and praise when they enter the crate voluntarily. This will help them associate the crate with positive experiences.
5. Avoid Punishment: Do not punish your Yorkie by locking them in the crate as a form of discipline. This can cause anxiety and make them less likely to use the crate in the future.
6. Stick to a Routine: Establish a routine for your Yorkie’s crate time, such as overnight sleeping, nap time, or when you leave the house. Consistency will help your Yorkie feel secure and comfortable in their crate.
7. Supervise Your Yorkie: Always supervise your Yorkie when they are in their crate to ensure their safety and well-being.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
While crate training your Yorkie, it is important to avoid the following common mistakes:
1. Leaving Your Yorkie in the Crate for Too Long: Your Yorkie should not spend more than 4 hours in their crate at a time.
2. Using the Crate as Punishment: Do not use the crate as a form of punishment. This will create negative associations with the crate and can lead to anxiety.
3. Ignoring Your Yorkie’s Needs: If your Yorkie is crying or whining in their crate, it may be a sign that they need to go outside or that they are feeling anxious.
4. Choosing the Wrong Size Crate: If the crate is too small, your Yorkie will be uncomfortable. If it is too big, they may use one end as a bathroom.