Dog Training Tips and Tricks 101: Understanding Crate Training
Crates are 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 their natural instincts as a den animal. Dog crates are dog den’s where they find solitude and comfort, knowing they are safe and secure. Crates come in various types such as plastic called “flight kennels”, fabric on a rigid frame that is also collapsible, and metal pens. Dog crates come in different sizes, colors and can be bought at most pet supply catalogs and pet supply stores.
One of the things you need to know about crates is that it should never be used as a form of punishment, because eventually, your dog may refuse to enter because of fear. Leaving your dog in the create for too long is not good for your dog, because your dog won’t get enough exercise and human interaction causing them to become anxious and depressed. Changing your bonding schedule, hiring a pet sitter or taking your dog to a daycare facility decrease the amount of time they spend in their crates, making a fun environment and creating the eagerness for them to relax and sleep afterwards. Puppies under six months and below should not stay in their crates for more than three to four hours at a time, 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. Crate training allows you to provide a safe way to transport your dog and travel with him to friend’s homes, motels, when on vacation and other gatherings. Crate training helps you 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, so it is important to ensure that the training should always be associated with something that is pleasant and it should take in small steps. The first step is introducing 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 talk to them with your voice in a happy tone, making sure the door is open and secured, to prevent fear. To encourage your dog to enter the crate, drop some small food treats nearby, then inside the door, and finally the way inside the crate, allowing them to slowly enter and lie comfortably, without undue pressure.