Dog Training Tips and Tricks: 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. Dog crates are dog den’s where they find solitude and comfort, knowing they are safe and secure. Dog crates come in different types which include 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.
One of the things you need to know about crates is that it should never be used as a form of punishment, because eventually, your dog may refuse to enter because of fear. Always remember that it is not good for your dog to be confined in his crate for a long period, 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 reduces the amount of time they spend in their crates. Six months and below puppies 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. Crate your dog if you think they will not destroy their house, and eventually they will enter voluntarily without pressure.
Usage of crate for dog training and management is an effective short-term tool. 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. Crate training is very 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, so it is important to ensure that the training should always be associated with something that is pleasant and it should take in small steps. The first step is to introduce your dog to the crate, put a soft blanket or towel, taking the door off 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.