Crate training your animal is a great way to bring out your animal’s natural instinct when providing a "den," or crate, for your dog. A den can be known as a home, a place to sleep, and also a refuge from danger for your four-legged friend. After your pet gets adjusted to its crate, it will begin to refer to it as a comfortable and safe place where he knows it is secure. Crate training is not only beneficial to puppies but to all dogs of all ages. However, there are many different things to consider when choosing a crate and also using it the proper way.
There are many different types of crates available for purchase at pet supply stores:
It is very important to keep in mind the size of your pet when purchasing them a home. You want to be sure there is enough room for them to stand up and move around in it, however providing too much room can cause problems such as urinating in the crate. If your dog is still in the process of growing, it might be wise to purchase a crate that would suit their expected adult size that also allows you to block off room as your pet grows.
Tip #1: Your dog should ALWAYS associate its crate with being something pleasant.
Tip #2: Crate training is something that should NEVER be rushed.
Tip #3: Never let your dog out of the crate when it is behaving badly. You want them to associate good behavior with being able to get out.
As stated in the beginner tip above, crate training is something that should take time depending on your dog's age, temperament, and past experiences. Each dog is different and will adjust to crate training in their own way.
Step 1 - Introduce your dog to its crate
Step 2 - Feed your animal’s meals in its crate
Step 3 - Lengthen the timing periods that your animal is in its crate
Step 4 - Crate your pet when you leave and also at night
Although crate training can be very beneficial and rewarding to you and your pet, there are many things you must NOT do:
If your animal gets to the point where you feel that you can let them out to voluntarily roam around the house while you are gone (without chewing something up or destroying things), then it may be time to consider changing your pet’s routine.