Basics Dog Crate Training

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Dog Crate TrainingAny dog owner who dedicated time to dog crate training will tell you that the effects of their efforts were outstanding. The time you will have to devote to crate training largely depends on your dog’s temperament, age and past experiences. Usually, the training lasts from just days to several weeks.


The first thing you need to comprehend here is that the crate will be a haven for your dog and this crate should last for the entire lifetime. You will have a lot of use from the crate in the beginning, until your dog learns the house rules. And every dog needs to have some privacy, so you will both benefit from the crate.


Which Crate to Choose


Once you start browsing for the suitable crate, you will notice that they are made of metal or plastic and come in different sizes. You need to pick a crate that will suit your dog properly; it shouldn’t be too big or too small. It has to be big enough for your dog to turn around and stand, while still providing an enclosure. The crate us a good tool against the anxiety of separation and will reduce destructive behavior as well. It also serves as an indoor house when you need to drive you’re in a car for several hours, so make sure the crate isn’t too big to fir in the car.


Crate Training Tips


First thing you need to remember is that you can’t use a crate as a punishment tool. It should be a pleasant place for your dog, filled with dog treats and toys so he/she can feel comfortable and safe there. Once you start your dog crate training, make sure you praise and pet your dog every time it gets inside the crate. That’s how he/she will learn this is a good place, a place to relax and have some privacy.


In case your dog is reluctant to enter the crate, you should start feeding him/her right next to the crate. With time, the dog will get used to the crate and you will be able to place the dish inside the crate as well. Then your dog can eat while standing inside the crate. When you feel your dog is completely comfortable and relaxed while eating inside the crate, close the door. Right after the meal is done, open the door. This action will send a pleasant signal to the dog so he/she will be comfortable staying inside, eating and going out of the crate.


Another thing to remember is to not let your dog inside or outside the crate if he/she is whining. The whining may never occur, but if it does, wait for your dog to stop whining and then let them in or out. Sometimes you have to learn from the dog – he/she will let you know when they are inside for too long by starting to whine. Crate dog training can be stressful a bit, but that will pass as your dog learns that the crate is his/her safe haven.