Starting crate training when your pet is young will allow them to establish a feeling of safety and security and learn how to enter the crate on command.
First things first, crate training a puppy or older dog is not cruel, when it’s done in the right way. In fact, many breeders and vets actually recommend dog crate training.
Why? Because it’s in their instincts.
Dogs have always sought out small dens to feel safe and sheltered. A crate or kennel is just like a den and can give a sense of safety and security to your fur baby.
But how can you start crate training without going barking mad? We’ve done all the sniffing around for you. Read on for some woof-tastic tips on how to crate train a dog.
Benefits of Dog Crate Training
Here are some many benefits to kennel training your pooch:
- It helps with housetraining
- Provides an easy and relaxing mode of transport
- Is a refuge for your pup when stressed
- Gives injury prevention when you can’t keep an eye on them
- Helps them feel calm and safe when heading to the vet and after surgery
In addition to the many benefits to your pup. Crate training will give you peace of mind. And looking after your dog will become more manageable in the long run.
Picking the Perfect Crate
Before crate training a puppy, how can you pick the perfect pet carriers and crates?
You need to select a crate that’s big enough, but not only for your pooch to lay down in. Your pup needs to have room to stand up, turn around, and lie down with outstretched legs.
But if it’s too big, they won’t get the cozy effect you’re going for. Balance is key.
There are several different types of crates to choose from. But it’s best to stick to something simple like a plastic or metal wire crate when crate training a puppy.
How to Crate Train a Puppy—Do’s and Don’ts!
Now you’ve picked the perfect crate, it’s time to find out how to crate train a puppy. Follow these dos and don’ts and you’ll have a paw’sitive experience with your pooch.
Let them blow off steam before they go into the crate. Give them a runaround and make sure they have the opportunity to go to the potty too.
After they’ve spent some time in the crate, give them another opportunity for some exercise and potty time. This will start training them to only go to the bathroom outside.
Don’t use the crate for punishment purposes. If they associate the crate with a negative experience, it will be harder to train them.
Make sure your doggo associates the crate with a POSITIVE experience. Add a few cozy blankets, a favorite toy, and some treats inside and leave the door open for a while. This will allow them to explore freely without feeling anxious.
Try feeding your puppy as part of your dog crate training. Move their bowl into the crate and let them eat without closing the gate. After they feel more comfortable, you can close the gate while they’re eating and open it when they’re done.
Encourage use of the crate when things are stressful at home. Kids running around and loud noises may be too much for your furry friend. Give them some peace and quiet and a chance to unwind.
When dog crate training, don’t leave them in the crate for long periods of time. They need bathroom breaks and playtime REGULARLY. Leaving them for too long may even cause them depression and anxiety!
Progress slowly. Build up the duration gradually until they can stay comfortably without stressing out. Treats go a long way in this!
In the Doghouse
It’s clear to see that sending your pooch to the doghouse shouldn’t be a negative experience at all. In fact, crate training has many benefits that can give your fur baby their best life!
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