Lessons Learned from Years with Pets

Dog Training Tips and Tricks 101: Increasing Awareness and Understanding Crate Training

A crate is a home for dogs to sleep, eat, hide from danger and a place to raise a family, wherein crate training is primarily used for house training, taking advantage of your dog’s natural instincts as a den animal. A dog crate is a dog’s den, providing solitude and comfort in a crate, making it their own den, knowing they are safe and secure. The different types of crates are made of plastic called “flight kennels”, fabric on a rigid frame that is also collapsible, and metal pens. It comes in various sizes, colors and can be bought at most pet supply catalogs and pet supply stores.

There are many things you need to know about crates and crate training, because it should not be used though as a form of punishment, otherwise the dog will have fear in it. Do not leave dogs in crates for too long periods of time, because it can result to anxiousness and depression due to lack of human interaction and lack of physical exercise. Changing your schedule, hiring a pet sitter or taking your dog to a daycare facility reduces the amount of time they spend in their crates. Puppies should not stay in their crates for more than three to four hours at a time for those six months and below, because they can’t control their bowels and bladders for that long. Gradually crate your dog until you know that they won’t be panicking, until they can eventually just volunteer to enter the crate.

Usage of crate for dog training and management is an effective short-term tool. Training your dog to be in a crate, provides a cozy and safe place he can call his own, and it gives you a safe way to transport your dog and travel with him to friend’s homes, motels, when on vacation and other gatherings. It is helpful in introducing your new dog in your household, preventing them from being destructive. Crate training may take days up to weeks, depending on the dog’s age, past experiences and temperament, and it is important to ensure that the training should always be associated with something that is pleasant, without going too fast. Firstly, introduce your dog to the crate, put a soft blanket or towel, allowing the door open, and let your dog explore the crate with their preferred time and pacing. Bring your dog over the crate, and then talk to them with a calm and happy tone of voice, making sure the door is open and secured, to prevent your dog from being frightened. To encourage your dog to enter the crate, drop some small food treats nearby, inside the door and finally the way inside the crate, but do not force them to enter.

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