Understanding Dog Crate Training

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As a pet owner you teach your dog(s) to understand a more civilized life compared to their primal expectations as canines. An effective method for potty training is using a crate. You may think of letting your dog sleep in a crate as inhumane, but the truth is it’s very beneficial for the both of you.

You should first understand why this is beneficial for Spot (i.e. your pet). Dogs are den-dwellers. If we find canines in nature they’d likely be living out of a cave and traveling in packs. We can realize two important characteristics about Spot.

1. Spot naturally seeks out den-like environments to eat and rest in.

2. Spot naturally craves interaction with other beings such as humans, cats and other dogs.

Dog crate training is the perfect solution for number one.

A crate is a cage made from wood, plastic, or metal. It confines Spot during the night or while you’re away to help keep Spot safe, your possessions safe, and assist in housebreaking. It also helps with travel since he’ll be prepared to stay inside a crate for long durations.

The first few times you use a crate Spot will show distaste towards it and possibly towards you. This is okay. He will soon identify this as his home.

Build a mental “Crate Checklist” to run through. Twice per day check for:

  • A comfortable bed.
  • A water bowl that is not easily spilled.
  • Your dogs most favored chew toys.
  • A cover for the outside of the crate.

When you’re crate training Spot you need to ‘allow’ him to enter the crate. Forcing him in there will make him relate negative emotions to the crate. This is counter-productive to reaching the final goal.

  • Get his attention by holding a treat in front of his nose. Allow him to follow you to the crate.
  • Place the treat inside the crate towards the back. You can say something like “Go get it!” for encouragement.
  • Close the crate and cover and walk out of sight and hearing distance.
  • After 15 – 20 seconds return to him.
  • If he doesn’t whine or bark reward him with a treat and praise him for doing well.

Your aim is to increase the amount of time you can be away from Spot. At the beginning of his training you could leave him in for thirty to forty-five minute intervals while you’re at home. Visit him once in a while until he grows accustomed to you not being there. As you continue to giving him treats for being quiet he’ll realize these behaviors are rewarding.

Once Spot understands that the crate is his home and place of rest he will be comfortable staying in there for long durations. This removes most problems involved in traveling with a dog, leaving him alone for long durations, or putting him in the crate if you ever have guests over that aren’t comfortable with dogs.

Nathan Pierce is an Entrepreneur in Internet Marketing. He’s a chess, dog, music, internet marketing, and nature enthusiast.

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