10 Tips for Crate Training your Dog

It’s not difficult to teach your dog
happily settle in a crate, and to guide you, here are 10
tips for quick and effective crate training.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Use heaps of
    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Don’t leave your four
    legged best friend unsupervised in the crate while he has a
    . 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

  8. Watch out for strangling
    . 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

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.


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