There are many benefits in crate training your dog or puppy. It takes time and effort to achieve these benefits. If you have a young dog or a dog that you adopted recently, crate training him is very important. You’re bringing your dog to success: he will not have as many opportunities to get into trouble because he does not know the rules of the household. You’re protecting him from dangerous situations such as broken glass or chewed electrical cords. And, he’s learning the rules of the household with regard to suitable places to sleep play and eliminate. It is also a safe way of transporting your dog in the car but also teaches him to be comfortable when limited to veterinarians, groomers or other places where he can roam freely. If you properly train your dog to use a crate, he will think of it as his safe place and will be happy to spend time as needed.
Important Note Crate training does not necessarily mean that a dog kennel has approved a small airline. Crate training can also mean being locked in a wire kennel, a spout with appropriate shelter, or even your laundry if that is what works best for you and your dog.
Crate training is a process that moves at a different pace, depending on the dog’s personality, age, temperament and past experiences. The most significant things to retain when training a dog to accept a crate:
- Always associate the crate with something pleasant (not used for punishment) and
- Holds training ahead into small, achievable chunks?
Introducing Crates To Your Dog
- Place and turn on the crate in the area where it would be likely to continue during the time. Spend some time there cuddling with your dog, playing near or in it together and just hanging out peacefully. Make sure the door is secured open so it cannot be accidentally by touching it or that it will not close too early for him.
- Put some blankets or another soft snuggle there. Throw in some treats or toys are favorites and make a fuss over him as he goes in and out taking the treats or playing with his toys. In some dogs, it may be necessary, to begin with, treats outside of the kennel and then they gradually move further and further inwards until the dog safe to proceed in feel.
- Put a well-stocked Kong in the kennel and shut the door, preventing your dog have access to it. Let him drool and drool over it and want to go into the box. When he is very anxious to get there, open the door and let him walk in and take it. He will start at the kennel with beautiful things he wants to associate.
- After you make the time to get your dog to spent in his crate, begin feeding him his regular meals in his crate. This will be a very pleasant association in his mind and create as he learns to think about the case in a calm, relaxed manner.
- Once he is comfortable in his crate while eating, you can close the door. In the beginning, the door is closed as soon as he has finished eating. At each feeding, gradually extend the time that he is closed in the kennel with the door, before you open it and release him. If he whines or claws to be leased to the door, you have the acclimatization process a bit rushed.
- Decrease the length of time gradually to achieve your goal. Do not let him out when he whines and barks until he is quiet or he will learn more as a way to bark out.
- Once the dog has learned to eat comfortably and quietly in the crate and spend a few minutes after eating, you can begin to limit it there for a short period of time.
- Once your dog is comfortable with his crate for 30 minutes, you can leave him kenneled when you leave home. Help him to succeed. Set it before you leave in the kennel at least 10 minutes so that it does not go from a period of high activity to low activity. Do not talk to him for a few minutes before you leave home. Present to him much, interactive puzzle toys to keep focused and engaged to him and his mind off being alone. If you go back to come home, do not let him out immediately and no excuses left to him. Leave it there for a few minutes then quietly let him out. Keep your arrival low key.