Information & Tips on Crate Training Your Dog
Why Should You Crate Train?
Dogs in the wild would have a den to sleep in, relax and to raise puppies. Our domesticated dogs still like having a comfortable safe place to relax in and crate training helps with the calming.
If trained properly crate training is beneficial for the listed Reasons:
- Transportation (if you are going to take Fido on a plane this is a MUST)
- Help in House training (because they normally don’t go potty in their “personal space”
- A safe play space when you can’t directly watch the puppy
- A calm place for your doggies if things get crazy at home (Think about having people over for dinner or small children who might not want to interact the entire visit with your new dog)
It is important to NOT associate the crate as a negative experience. Don’t let them think they are being punished while in the crate. Routine is very important for dogs so keep that in mind when crate training. A crate is also wonderful to help prevent negative behavior such as destructive chewing since they are in their space.
Your crate should be big enough for your pup to stand up, lay down and turn around in. You can find all thick gauge wire ones or ones with plastic walls. It is important that you don’t give your puppy to much space because if not they will have accidents in the crate. When you purchase a new crate from any pet store it normally includes a divider so you can adjust the inside of the crate just for this reason.
1.) Make the Crate Comfortable- Make sure it is the correct size and put a war soft pad or blanket
2.) Praise your dog when he/she is in the crate and pet your dog while they are inside
3.) Encourage your dog to sleep in the create so they associate it with napping and rest
4.) Don’t Put the Crate in a high-traffic area or loud space- You want to make sure the crate is associated with calm
5.) Don’t only crate your dog when you are leaving because then they will associate the crate with punishment (that you are leaving them). When you are home put your pup into the crate so they don’t see being in a crate as a punishment.
When you are training your dog to be in a crate don’t close to door at first. It is important that they feel comfortable before you close the door. Have an open door policy for awhile until you can see they enjoy being in the crate and are relaxed.
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