Crate Training Your Dog Can Be A Positive Experience
14 November, 2011
While not all dog owners are keen on crate training their new dog, there can be many benefits. The experience can actually be a positive one for them. In fact, crate training your dog can provide him or her with a sense of security. Dogs naturally live in dens. Dens protect them from danger, keep them warm and dry, and help them to keep their young safe and protected.
By using a crate as a modern dog den, your dog’s natural instincts will ensure they keep their crate clean and dry. So you’re not only providing a safe and comforting place for your dog to rest, you are using the den to help with house training.
Crate Training Helps Eliminate Destructive Behavior
While some breeds are definitely more timid than others, a crate offers a sense of security for your dog. Instead of acting out when they feel anxious, they can retreat to their other home and seek calmness and solitude.
Dog Crate Training Provides a Routine
When you crate train a dog, you’re going to provide him with an inherent structure and schedule. For example your dog will sleep in the crate at night and when you’re away from home. This automatically puts him on a schedule which is important in the beginning.
I like my crate!
What Kind of Crate is Best?
Crates come in every size, shape, material, and color. Before purchasing a crate, consider the size of your dog and how the crate will be used. Your dog’s crate should be just large enough for him to stand up and turn around. If it is too big, it won’t feel comfortable for him. If you’re buying a crate for a new puppy, choose a crate size that will fit him when he’s an adult. Simply block off the excess crate space so he is unable to eliminate at the back and sleep in the front.
How to Make Crate Training a Success
Depending on the age of your dog, you’ll have to time your crate use strategically. Young puppies can’t hold their bladder and need to go outside every hour or two. Once they’re more than three month’s old, they are able to hold their bladder a bit longer. You will get the hang of it depending on your dog’s needs.
An older dog sometimes has elimination issues as well. Therefore, at this point in his or her life, you will need to monitor his needs when he or she is in his crate.
Don’t Use a Crate for Punishment
Don’t ever use the crate for punishment. Your dog’s crate is supposed to be a safe and happy place. It is where he or she sleeps and will become his little home. If you use his crate for punishment, then it loses its value. It is no longer a safe place and will lead to resentment and potentially destructive behaviors.
I hope these tips help. Good luck with the crate training.