dog crate training

Training A Dog To Use A Crate

Although crate training your dog requires more effort than crate training your pup, it is not as difficult as you might think.  If you crate train right, your dog will feel safe and will be more likely to stay out of trouble when left on his own.

Here are a few ideas that may help you to make crate training an enjoyable experience.

*Buy the Right Sized Crate

There should be room in the crate for your dog to maneuver around. The crate is too small if your dog cannot do these things comfortably.

You can purchase a special type of cushion made to fit in your crate, or you can put whatever he normally lays on in there.

If the bedding is comfortable and your dog likes it, the fact that it wasn’t custom-fit to the crate is a non-issue.  Another good idea is to select bedding which is easy to wash.

If your dog seems scared of the crate and you do not know the dog’s past history, it could be that the dog was punished in a crate or left in a crate for long periods of time.  These issues will require more patience with your pet in order to successfully crate train.

*Take Your Time

Start by putting the crate in an area that your dog is comfortable with.  Make sure that you leave the crate’s door open. It is important not to force your dog to go inside, you should let him explore at his own speed.

To increase your dog’s interest in the crate, either place treats or toys near the door of the crate. After some time, you can place treats inside the crate.

When your dog comfortably goes in of his own accord, calmly close the door.  Start by having it shut for a few minutes at a time.

Eventually, you can start leaving the door closed for longer time periods.

It won’t be to long before you can leave him in there for longer periods of time.  Next you will want to go out of the room and then gradually extend your time away from him.

You should not pursue additional steps until your dog is comfortable with the current step.

A huge mistake that many people make when crate training a dog is to use the crate as a form of retributation.

You only want to use a crate in a positive manner, otherwise your dog will view his time in the crate as punishment and will not be happy or secure using it. If you do not properly train your dog, your dog will view the crate as something to be feared.

House Training A Dog

Now that your pet has become comfortable with his crate, you should be able to leave him in it for a few hours.

Some people want to keep their dogs in a crate while they are out at work.  Some people choose to crate their dogs overnight.  Choose only one as it is not a good idea to do both of them.

If you keep a dog in a crate for 8 hours during the day and then 8 hours at night they will spend more than half their lives in a crate.  This is not acceptable.

Ensuring that your dog is properly crate trained is a slow process.  It may be a long, arduous process, but the end result is definitely worth the time you put into training .  During training, it’s important to reward your dog while he’s in the crate so he starts thinking that going into the crate is a good thing, and not some kind of punishment.

Assist him in learning that he is in a safe place while you are gone.

Stay calm and patient and everything should work out ok.

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