Dog Training Tips and Tricks: Understanding Crate Training
A crate is a home for dogs to sleep, eat, hide from danger and a place to raise a family, wherein crate training is primarily used for house training, taking advantage of your dog’s natural instincts as a den animal. Dogs find solitude and comfort in a crate, making it their own den, 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. It comes in various sizes, colors and can be bought at most pet supply catalogs and pet supply stores.
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. 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. 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. Crate your dog gradually until you know that they won’t be panicking, so they can eventually just volunteer to enter the crate.
Crate is an effective short-term tool for the training and managing of 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, 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, so your dog will not be frightened. 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.