10 Tips for Crate Training your Dog
It’s not difficult to teach your dog to happily settle in a crate, and to guide you, here are 10 tips for quick and effective crate training.
- Choose a suitable crate for your dog when he is fully grown. It may appear to be too large for your baby puppy, and will be more costly than a small crate, but your canine companion isn’t going to be that little forever. Buying a big crate will spare you further expense in the future, because youwon’t need to purchase a larger crate when your dog grows out of his smaller crate. Keep in mind as well where you plan on keeping the crate. Dog crate furniture provides an alternative to the wire and plastic crates typically purchased but serves as a piece of your furniture as well as a crate.
- Don’t rush. Dogs have different learning abilities, and some take longer to pick up new skills than others. Relax as you go through the crate training process, and you will both enjoy it more. Most dogs eventually become crate trained given time.
- Use heaps of treats when your dog is learning to use his crate. He’ll look forward to their training sessions and enjoy the process, because he has the opportunity to get a scrumptious reward.
- Make the crate an enjoyable space to be. Make sure your dog has a padded bed to lie on (unless he likes to chew things) and put his preferred playthings in there. Stuffed Kongs and similar chew toys will keep him busy if he has to pass a few hours on his own.
- Position the dog crate in the activity hub of your house, so your dog senses that he is part of your family’s activities, even when he is confined in his crate.
- Don’t place your crate near the heater or fireplace, or in the path of a cold draught. Your dog will be at ease in his crate if he isn’t too warm or too cool.
- Don’t leave your four legged best friend unsupervised in the crate while he has a bone. There is the chance of the bone becoming stuck in his molars, or worse still, in his pharynx or esophagus. If you wish to feed him a bone, make a point of remaining near the crate to keep a close watch on him
- Watch out for strangling hazards. If you have drapes, keep the crate away from the cords, so they don’t hang inside where your dog could reach them. Think about removing his collar while is confined to his crate.
- Give your dog his dinner in his crate, so he connects being inside with enjoyable experiences, and is glad to go into it. Regularly check for any food that has been spilled as it could go bad and give off a bad odor. Not only that, but if your dog eats any spoiled food, it could make him sick.
- Lastly, never put your dog into his crate by force, or shout and yell at him while he is in his crate. Don’t put him in his crate to punish him. If your dog becomes apprehensive about the crate, you might have to go back to the beginning and re-train him to enjoy his crate. Also, he may end up scared of you, and that’s not healthy for your relationship.
Crate training is as useful and as important as teaching your dog to sit or stay. Spend the time teaching him to be happy in a crate, and you’ll find that it makes life easier for your whole family.