How To Crate Train Your Dog Quickly
If you ever notice your puppy worming his way under a chair or couch, it’s because he feels safe in the small spaces. A dog crate makes an excellent and safe little space or “den”. In this article, you will learn how to crate train your dog quickly. Crate training an older dog is a lot easier than crate training a puppy especially at night
Crate training a puppy at night is an exercise in patience as the puppy will experience sleepless nights and will sometimes bark. To overcome this just sticking to the procedures day and night to make the puppy feel more comfortable in the crate
No matter what type of crate you choose (although we personally prefer the type of wire on the plastic sides due to the increased airflow), as long as you get the right size for your dog. He should only have enough room to get up, turn around and lie down. If you buy a crate that is too big, make sure it comes with a divider so that you can turn off the section until it is bigger. If the crate is too big, it only encourages accidents that your dog is able to get out of its damage.
The single most important rule of crate training is that the crate is NEVER being used as a place of punishment. You are not putting your dog in his cage when he is in pain when he needs a time or anything of that nature. You want your dog to associate that pleasurable sensation with the crate, and to use it for other purposes would ruin that.
However, crate training can be used for all the times when you are unable to look at your dog, not just when you leave the house. In fact, working with crate training while you’re in the house is a good way to “troubleshoot” in the early stages. When setting up the crate for your dog, you can put some safe bedding (anything shreds-stringy or stringy) inside the crate. You must also leave the door open and whenever it wanders in, throw it a treat and say “good cash” or whatever term you want to use as the order.
Feeding him in the crate is another way of getting him used to getting in and out of the crate regularly as well as developing a positive relationship with him. While choosing what to put in the box, take into consideration the habits of your dog: what he likes to destroy his toys? If so, leave out anything that can be torn animals, stuffed animals, etc. Some dogs will chew happily on Rawhide, while others may be too enthusiastic and choke on a piece of rawhide. Strong rubber or hard plastic toys that are too big to swallow are usually safe, and we always recommend Kongs or something similar that can be stuffed with butter treats/peanuts.
In hot weather, leaving the water with your dog is a good idea too (as long as it is old enough to be in the crate without needing to pee as long as you leave it there). Some people use bowls- we use a large bottle, feeding bottle of the same kind used for small Cages- an animal that attaches to the side of the crate. Our puppy likes to play with bowls of water and hit them on, so this way he has access to the water without making a mess of his crate.
The first time you leave your puppy alone in the crate, prepare a special toy for the occasion. This toy will be given to him when he is in his cage. In this way, he will know that something special comes when he is gone. We use a Kong toy stuffed with peanut butter and various treats, and one of our puppy’s favorite stuff. Our dogs spend hours working to get all the food on the toy. They keep busy and we feel better knowing that they are busy while they are alone. When the dog comes out of the toy crate tidy up until next time.
When you come back from your outing, do not make a big deal about letting your dog out of the crate. In fact, the best way to handle this process is to ignore it and just take it outside. Once he has done his business, then you can greet him. You do not want to make him think that getting out of the box is a good thing because then he will be disturbed and worried while in his cage.
Troubleshooting: If your dog is whining while in the crate, stand where he cannot see you. Ignore unanswered for 5 minutes. Then, if that fails, take an empty can of soda filled with coins and give it a jolt. This usually makes the dog jump and soothes him. At this point, wait until it is calm for at least 30 seconds, and then let it out of the cage. Never let a dog whine on a crate, as it only encourages the behavior. As a rule of thumb, use your puppy’s age in months plus one as the number of hours he can stay in the crate comfortably. However, we are not comfortable and do not recommend leaving a dog in a crate for periods of more than 6 hours without interruption.
THE BEST PLACE TO PUT YOUR DOG CRATE
Place your new dog crate in the area of the house you have chosen for your puppy’s resting area. Make sure to choose a place where he or she can still feel part of the family, rather than feeling as if they were in the prison keeping this in mind, it is also important to avoid putting the crate in a place where there is a lot of pedestrian traffic. The kitchen is usually the best choice for most people because it is where people tend to congregate at the house.
Avoid placing the crate in an isolated area of your home, as the worst thing you can do is to feel alienated or separated from your new family.
WHAT’S THE USE OF A DOG CRATE?
It is very common for people to assume that crate training is cruel and that dogs do not like small spaces, but there is evidence that dogs like a quiet, safe and rewarding place in which to rest and call each other. A dog crate offers a place to practice and a place to sleep at night. It provides security against loud noises like fireworks and thunder, and a place to sleep after a long and tiring walk.
WHAT A DOG CRATE SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR:
I have mentioned some of the things a crate should not be used for earlier. If crate training is not done properly, your dog may feel trapped and can be frustrated very quickly. This is when destructive behavior can develop, which can cause damage to your dog. A dog cage should never be used as a punishment place, it should only be used as a place of rest and reward, and at the beginning, and you should never bring your dog into his crate unless he does not wish it.
In addition, a dog crate should never be used to hold your dog while you are at work all day. An ideal alternative solution comes home during your lunch break to give your puppy an hour of entertainment and exercise. If this is not possible, allow your dog to relax with interactive toys and have a family member, friend or walker dog let them out for an hour. To help prevent boredom and destructive behavior, it is always best to exercise your dog before going to work. You should never leave your dog in his cage when he is full of energy. Always tire them and then let them rest for a maximum of 3-4 hours.
Puppies under six months of age should not be left in a dog cage for more than three hours at a time. At this age, they can look a lot like a toddler and may need to pee at some point. Taking them outside to relieve themselves often helps to prevent accidents; especially after they have been fed or drunk. Typically, puppies have to go to the bathroom between 10 and 30 minutes after they finish eating. Puppies also need a lot of socialization to help them feel comfortable, especially during the first few weeks after they arrive in their new home. Leaving their mother can be very painful, so it is best to stay at home all day.
TRANSPORT CAGE FOR DOGS
It’s really reassuring to have your dog safely inside their crate when you have them in the car. When you take your dog on an adventure, there is plenty of room for disaster if they are not safe in the boot or the floor. Dog crates are a good solution – they provide a comfortable, calm and secure environment in the car, so you do not need to worry.
It is best to use a dog crate for your car after training your dog at home. In this way, they are not distressed or confused when they are first put in the crate.
IMPORTANT: – It may be a good idea to remove your dog’s collar before inviting him into the car crate – there is a small chance he can get caught, which can make them choke.
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