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
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
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
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
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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