Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Crate Training Your Dog

Crate training and kennel training mean the same thing; what you call it is your choice. A crate may look like a wire pen or a plastic travel case; this is up to you. Adopted dogs may have a more difficult time accepting this type of training, but it is seldom difficult to teach a puppy. There are several advantages to this that you may not be aware of:

When your dog is crate trained, it is easier for him to travel; they are much more comfortable and relaxed. It is an easy way to contain your dog until his regular training is complete. A dog who has been crate trained all their life, may find it to be a favorite place. I know that one of the biggest mistakes I have made in training my dog was to never crate train her. When we moved, she was required to be in a crate to fly and it was very stressful for both of us. I will never again own a dog that is not trained in this very important lesson.

Their crate should never be used as a form of discipline; it should always be a place where they are happy, content and safe. To start this training, put comfortable bedding a toy and a food treat in the crate, leave the door open in an area the puppy frequents. His curiosity will get him into the crate without you having to force him. While he plays in the crate close the door for a few minutes to get him accustomed to the door being closed.

When he has gotten used to going into the crate on his own, teach him using the verbal command go to bed or go to your crate he will eventually learn the command if you use it each time he heads for the crate. Never crate train the puppy for more than a couple of hours a day, and always exercise him before he goes in. Play with him and praise him when he is taken out of the crate and immediately take him outside to take care of his business.

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