Crate Training: 6 Steps To Make Your Dog Love It

New pet parents should prioritize teaching their dogs to appreciate their crates. Den animals dogs like little areas to hide when they feel uncomfortable or slumber. Dogs consider it their secure zone at home. Crate training is simple and shouldn’t make you feel bad or like you’re sending your dog to doggy jail.

I understand some owners are anti-crate, which is OK. Kennels should never be used for time out. It’s not a long-term cage for your dog. Your rescue dog may dislike the cage if its previous owner mistreated it. He may not like crates, but most dogs like having their room to rest. Getting your dog to appreciate their kennel takes patience. With time, your dog will consider it home.

Finding The Right Crate

You may want a big area, but your dog only needs so much to adore their box. He needs space to lie down and stand. It should be broad enough for a circular turn. Too much space allows your dog to “go” in one location and leave. It would help if you didn’t teach him to use it as a restroom. Accidents happen with crate training, so select a crate with a sliding tray. Give a housebroken dog extra room, but not necessarily. A cosy “den” takes little space.

Location

You wouldn’t sleep on the kitchen floor, no matter how cosy. For repose, put the container away from the house’s hustle and bustle. The laundry room may seem like a beautiful idea, but loud equipment may disrupt sleep and cause worry. Share a bedroom with your dog. You will give a peaceful environment for his kennel, and he will feel safe being near his favourite person. Give your dog another reason to adore their kennel!

Furnishing

When their paws come into contact with cold plastic or metal wire, no dog will like their box. Dogs like soft, sturdy resting spots. Your dog may lie on your hardwood or kitchen tile for coolness rather than comfort. Provide a comfortable resting place to reduce joint discomfort and prevent elbow calluses.

Some give a nice pillow or cushion, others a bed. As they become used to their box, your dogs may bring in items themselves. The “den” will hold cherished toys and blankets. Some dogs “bury” goodies in their beds! By including his favourites, you may make him adore it more. Be prepared for them to carry them out before they love their container.

Prepare Crate

Keep in mind that the box is peaceful. Only push your dog in if he isn’t ready. Place some snacks inside. Allow him to pass. Sniff. Be pleasant about his interactions with it. If you’re pleased, your dog will soon enjoy their cage. If he goes in far enough to reach the goodies, move them back. He should eventually feel comfortable placing all four paws in. Treat or praise him when he goes all the way in.

Crate Feeding

Since your dog is comfortable in the crate, feed him there. Close and lock the door while he eats. After he finishes eating, he shuts the door for a few seconds before opening it. Never open it while your dog is whimpering. Not teaching your dog to whine opens the door, but to enjoy their kennel.

After meals or when you see your dog in his crate and can lock the door, add a few seconds until you reach a minute. Gradually separate yourself from the crate while he’s there. A favourite toy before closing the door may help your dog calm down if leaving makes him unhappy.

Slowly Increase Intervals

The idea is to leave the room for 10–15 minutes without your dog going crazy. Using a “crate” or “kennel” cue can help him remain in for many minutes at a time until you can leave him comfortably for 30 minutes. When he’s been alone for 30 minutes, you may leave him in his kennel while you’re gone.

The procedure is time-consuming yet worthwhile. You may find a cage handy, but it gives your dog a place to go when worried or terrified. Your dog will adore their crate and consider it a refuge if utilized and introduced correctly.

Dos And Donts Of Crate Training:

Dos:

  • Your dog should be able to lie down stand and turn around in the crate.
  • Your dog may rest in a cage away from traffic and noisy machinery.
  • Add a pillow or cushion in the crate to make your dog feel at home.
  • Reward your dog with goodies and credit when you introduce the crate. Allow free exploration.
  • Feeding your dog in the crate creates positive connections. Keep the door closed longer after eating.
  • Slowly increase your dog’s crate time. Train with crate or kennel signals.

Donts:

  • Do not aggressively cage your dog. Support their bonding efforts.
  • Avoid crate fees by avoiding them. A safe comfortable atmosphere without bad connections is needed.
  • Only cage your dog for a short time. Crates should not replace dog exercise and socialization.
  • If your dog is crated give it water and toys or puzzles. Avoid choking toys.
  • If you ignore your dog’s bathroom requirements, consider his age and toilet demands if he can contain his bladder cage. Consider dog daycare or long-term sitting.
  • Take your time with training. To reduce fear and make the kennel entertaining introduce your dog carefully.

Conclusion

Crate training keeps pets secure at home. Choose the correct crate size and location to make a home instead of a cage. The container looks better with soft furniture. Positive connections from crate treats and meals build relationships. Gradual crate time and toys help dogs enjoy crates. Instead of punishing use the box as a haven.

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