Dog crate training tips

Posted by Priscilla. August 12th 2014.

Are you thinking about crate training your loyal companion? Dog crates come in useful for a number of purposes. Not only can they help with house training, they can also help to relax the dog and keep them contained in one place if you have unexpected visitors.

Depending upon the size of crate you invest in, they can also be useful for travelling in the car. There are many different crates available and actually training your dog to like it can be a difficult task.

Below you’ll discover everything you need to know about crate training including some useful tips to follow.

Dog crate training

Picking the right crate

It’s important that you choose the right crate for dog training. It needs to be big enough to allow the dog adequate space to move around. If you’re buying a crate for a puppy, take into account its adult size as you’ll save money buying an adult crate rather than having to replace it as your dog grows.

You should also consider how easy the crate is to clean. Many come with a removable base which makes cleaning it much easier.

Choosing the right location

You need to decide upon a location for the crate. It’s important you keep it in the same place at all times, that way your dog will feel safer and realise that it is their space. If you keep moving it around the dog will be confused and won’t be able to settle as easily.

You’ll notice over time that your dog will grow to love the crate; you just need to be sure it’s in the right location.

Setting it up

Make the crate as cosy as you can. Include bedding and consider placing a blanket over the top of the crate so it creates more of a den. When you first start introducing your dog to the crate, make sure you spend a lot of time with them while they’re in there.

It’s also best to do it in short intervals. Don’t just buy a crate, stick it up and then leave your dog in it for hours while you go to work. This will be very distressing for the dog as they won’t know what is going on. They need time to adjust and get used to it so integrate the case slowly.

Important dog crate tips

There are a few tips that can make crate training a lot easier. They include:

  • Don’t shut the crate door until the dog is relaxed
  • Never force the dog into the crate
  • Help them to associate the crate as a good thing
  • Place a toy or bone in there with them

If you try to push your dog into the crate or close the door while they’re distressed, it will make the dog associate the crate as a negative thing. This will cause problems each time you want to put them in there.

Overall, crate training has many potential benefits. Provided you do it right, it could really help you to solve many potential problems.

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