Crate Training Your Alaskan Klee Kai

Essential training for your mini husky’s continued good behavior

Crate Training Is Crucial for Acceptable Behavior

Alaskan Klee Kai are born in crates, spend time in crates, and the continuation of raising your puppy in a crate isn’t just for potty training — though it is certainly helpful for that. It gives your puppy a secure place to go that’s entirely theirs, it teaches them what their place is when Mom and Dad are gone or if they are taking Pup somewhere, and it keeps the other items in your home safe from puppy chewing, biting, urinating on and more. Crate training is essential in training your pup to understand who is alpha, too. Say you put your puppy in their crate and they start screaming. Your instinct may be to remove your puppy from the crate to soothe them, but what you are teaching them by doing so is how they can get you to react in the way they want you to. This is setting you up for significant behavior challenges down the road if you give your puppy what they want every time they become upset, demanding or otherwise behave poorly.



  • Promote their sense of security and well-being

  • Establish housebreaking habits

  • Model good behavior

  • Puppies learn to self-soothe

  • Puppies have their own secure spot in their home

  • Establish a safe spot when you can’t watch them

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Crate should fit the puppy well

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Crates that are too large may encourage puppies to pee in a corner

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If you buy a large crate, get one with a panel you can move as their grow into the large crate

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Include a chew toy and/or blanket so that your puppy doesn’t get bored

Use The Proper Size Crate for Your AKK

It’s important that the crate you have for your miniature husky fits them. Too small of a crate may cause your dog pain and cramps as well as other health issues. Too big of a crate gives them space to designate one corner for going potty, and this is not what you want to have happen with your Klee Kai. The crate should be large enough for your pup to lie down comfortably, but that’s pretty much it.

Of course, you may want to purchase a crate that follows them into adulthood, so that you don’t have to buy multiple crates. In this case, look into crates that have panels that can be used to block off part of the crate when they are puppies and open up that part when they grow into it. Dogs do not like to lie in their own urine or feces, so with a crate that is just the right size, puppies will not find a corner to use for their potty, because it’ll be too close to touching them,

This helps with potty training, as pups learn that they don’t have to go to the bathroom immediately whenever they feel the urge. They learn that, in their crate, they can wait, because they don’t want to be covered in their own waste. This is why it is crucial to have the correct size crate for your Alaskan Klee Kai.

The last thing you should do before putting your pup into a crate is take them outside to their favorite spot to go potty. Similarly, this is the first thing you should do when taking them out of the crate: take them to that very same spot to go potty. Routine is extremely important when developing good behavior in puppies. It will lead to a much healthier, more well-adjusted and understanding dogs down the road.

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Things to Be On The Lookout For:

Crate training your Alaskan Klee Kai takes a significant amount of work and time investment on your part, but once their training has been established, it, along with good obedience training, will lead to a much more well-behaved dog. There are some things to be careful of:

  • If you do not catch your dog in the act of being destructive or regressing on potty training, you may not punish them for it. If you find a mess made behind your back or when you were not there, simply clean it up and forget about it. This is because your dog will have no idea what the scolding is for. Think about it: they have gone potty hundreds of times without you there, so if you don’t catch them in the act, to them it’s just another time going potty. They don’t understand why this time they are in trouble, and this can lead to long-term behavioral issues.

  • It’s not a good idea to place food or water in the crate. Your pup will be okay without them and another place should be established for their feed and water.

  • You can leave your puppy in their crate for about 7-8 hours at a time. However, it isn’t a good idea to do so. If you’ll be away that long, ask a trusted neighbor or friend to go over and let your pup out.

  • When you and puppy are hanging out at home and they begin making their telltale signs of needing to go potty, get them outside right away.

Alaskan Klee Kai - How to Crate Train Your Puppy

Crate Training is an important part of raising a new Alaskan Klee Kai puppy! This Video will teach you how to crate train your puppy or adult dog. If you are getting an Alaskan Klee Kai puppy or any puppy for that matter you will want to consider crate training your pup. Crate training will help you with potty training, separation anxiety and to avoid bad habits with your new Klee Kai puppy.