Crate Training

Crate Training your puppy or dog is the process of allowing it to become comfortable and used to the idea of travelling in a crate.

This can quite often be difficult for you as your dog’s master to understand the emotions a dog experiences when learning new lessons like these. It is easy to be caught up thinking; “What if he feels lonely or afraid locked in a crate by himself?” It’s ok to feel this way – Read on and we’ll address all your concerns.

Crate Size:

Always make sure the crate you provide for your dog is large enough for your dog to be comfortable – This is important, as cramped conditions can be very tense. Your dog should be able to stand freely and stretch out a bit so that he can move about freely inside the crate.

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Learn Crate Training

But the best thing you can do is recognise the need for crate training your dog before at first just locking him up and assuming everything will be ok. This is because dogs can be conditioned, through their training, to accept and understand their circumstances, once they are made to feel comfortable in that situation. Crate training is no different – It is important that you first make your dog feel comfortable around the crate – Perhaps place it with the open door in your living room and insert a nice, soft blanket, with soft toys and a dog treat or two – This is important to at first set the vibe of the crate for your dog as a place he can feel happy – Like it’s a cubby house.

Getting your dog used to being in it’s crate often, while it’s in the living room of your house and you play with him, will get it used to the crate very quickly. Then you can even close the door and walk it around the house, getting him used to the movement of the crate with him inside it. Then you can place the crate down and let him back out, give a pat and perhaps another treat or two, then you can place him in the crate again.

This process of repetition will help assist your dog to familiarize himself with being in the crate, understanding that it’s not a punishment but a “fun time” when he is put in there. And soon he will realise it’s fun to be in the crate because every time you put him in there he gets to go on an outing! But make sure if he barks, whines or carries on with fuss when he’s put in the crate, that you don’t take him back out again immediately. You mustn’t surrender to the dog’s complaints – This will exacerbate the difficulty in crate training. What you must do is ignore this fuss, but keep calm and ride it out, all the time assuring your dog that it’s fun to be in the crate – Take him outside for a walk around the house each time, and continue to give treats for good behavior – Soon your dog will understand, accept and eventually enjoy the crate!