Crate Training

Let’s talk about crate training

So, what all this about crate training?

This is a practice that uses a dog’s natural instinct as a den animal. It is best done when the puppies are still young and learning what is expected of them. This type of training is recommended veterinarians and breeders alike.

Reasons for crate training puppies

It helps prevent anxiety for the puppies as large area space especially with no one around can be overwhelming thus they feel the need to protect as smaller place when they have it since it is much more manageable.

It helps to transport the dog and serves as a safe haven for the dog wants to escape to once he accepts the crate as his space.

If the dog is crate trained the dog will take is a resting place he will wait until he is out of to do his business and the owner will have control over when and where the dos relieves himself.

It is also useful for restraining anxious dogs when traveling or has company over and this makes the dog happy and safe.

The training is also important in limiting the dog’s access around the house to places he is not allowed to.

Choosing the best dog crate

Should be well ventilated and large enough so that the puppy can stand up, turn or lie down. A small size will make the puppy uncomfortable. Plastic crates are the best when traveling and even when the puppy need more security or for a home with lots of activities.

Metal crates are top pick for these reasons; easy to disassemble when and transport, provides a high level of visibility ventilation for the puppy while it’s in the crate. They are easy to clean out when the dog have their accident there.


Teaching the puppy to love the crate

This can be done by making the crate cosy by adding toys and lining it with blankets and all through it should be ventilated. Bring the dog to the crate for naps so that it can unwind and offer treats when he goes inside.

The dog should be made to feel at ease at all times trough the entire process and this can be done by placing a cloth or blanket on the bottom to make it comfortable.

Take the puppy for a walk as soon as it is out of the crate to allow it to eliminate so as to instill the idea of potty time comes after crate time.


crate training your puppy

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what not to do when create training

Do not lose patience and be consistent as learning takes time even for the puppy to love the crate

Do not make the dog or puppy stay in the crate all day as it will eventually need to have time for feeding, bathroom breaks and playing. Plus he might spoil soil the sleeping area.

Potential problems

Separation anxiety

Whining is one of the dog’s reactions when placed in the crate so that it can be let out. In such an instance ignore the dog.

Too much time in the crate can affect the dog’s muscles development and condition.

How to crate train the dog

Introduce the crate and when the dog is comfortable give it a meal there, make the stay short and prolong the stay with time.

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