What is Crate Training?
Crate Training is when you teach your pet to go into a crate and they accept it as a safe and familiar space. You can teach a puppy or an old dog to use a crate.
According to The Humane Society of the United States- Crating philosophy
Crate training uses a dog’s natural instincts as a den animal. A wild dog’s den is his home, a place to sleep, hide from danger, and raise a family. The crate becomes your dog’s den, an ideal spot to snooze or take refuge during a thunderstorm.
- The primary use for a crate is housetraining. Dogs don’t like to soil their dens.
- The crate can limit access to the rest of the house while he learns other rules, like not to chew on furniture.
- Crates are a safe way to transport your dog in the car.
Why is Crate Training important?
-If you every plan to travel with your pet it is important that they are crate trained to travel on an airplane.
– If you worry about them destroying part of the house while you are away (House training)
– Transportation (in a car)
Crate Training Tips
– NEVER use your crate as punishment as you dog will have a negative association with it
-Don’t leave your dog in a crate for long periods of time
-Once your pet is trained to use the crate is should be left open and they can enter it as they wish. (Our girls sleep in their crates but we never lock them in. It is a safe place and they know they can come in and out as they please)
– Make sure you have a crate that fits your dogs size
-Do your research on the different types of Crates and selection on that fits your dogs/home needs
-Use a command word (the same word all the time) so your dog knows his cure to enter his crate. In our home we say “Crate” and the girls go right in. We have one client who says “Time to go to work” as this is what she would say to them in the mornings and it stuck. You can select the command word but just remember to be consistent.
-Your dogs crate should be large enough for him to stand up in and turn around in
– Make the Crate comfortable with a nice bed and toys