Dog Training Tips and Tricks 101: Increasing Awareness and Understanding Crate Training
Crate training is primarily used for house training, taking advantage of your dog’s natural instincts as a den animal, wherein crate is a home for dogs to sleep, eat, hide from danger and a place to raise a family. Dogs find solitude and comfort in a crate, making it their own den, knowing they are safe and secure. Crates come in various types such as plastic called “flight kennels”, fabric on a rigid frame that is also collapsible, and metal pens. Crates come in various sizes, colors and can be bought at most pet supply catalogs and pet supply tores.
There are many things you need to know about crates and crate training, because it should not be used though as a form of punishment, otherwise the dog will have fear in it. Do not leave dogs in crates for too long periods of time, because it can result to anxiousness and depression due to lack of human interaction and lack of physical exercise. Changing your schedule, hiring a pet sitter or taking your dog to a daycare facility is very helpful in reducing the amount of time they spend in their crates. Puppies under six months and below should not stay in their crates for more than three to four hours at a time, because they can’t control their bowels and bladders for that long. Gradually crate your dog until you know that they won’t be panicking, until they can eventually just volunteer to enter the crate.
A crate is an effective tool for managing and training your dog. Crate training allows you to provide a safe way to transport your dog and travel with him to friend’s homes, motels, when on vacation and other important travels. It is helpful in introducing your new dog in your household, preventing them from being destructive. Crate training may take days up to weeks, depending on the dog’s age, past experiences and temperament, and it is important to ensure that the training should always be associated with something that is pleasant, without going too fast. The first step is introducing your dog to the crate, put a soft blanket or towel, allowing the door open, and let your dog explore the crate with their preferred time and pacing. Bring your dog over the crate and talk to them with your voice in a happy tone, making sure the door is open and secured, to prevent fear. To encourage your dog to enter the crate, drop some small food treats nearby, inside the door and finally the way inside the crate, but do not force them to enter, instead allow them to slowly enter and lie comfortably, without undue stress and pressure.