Saturday is finally here, and that means it's time for my favorite post of the week!
Today's Siberian post involves crate training your husky.
Huskies are denning animals by nature, so a crate can be a very impawtant part of your dogs life.
And, lets face it, we all know how destructive huskies can be
I realize this post may cause some debate, as some people believe crate training is cruel.
But what a lot of people don't know, is if crate training is done properly, a crate can be a comfy haven for your husky. Plus it can keep your husky from getting into dangerous situations while you are away.
Before you begin your training, you will need to do some research on the proper crate for you.
There are so many to choose from, you need to use your own personal judgement while purchasing your crate.
If your owned by a husky, or another large breed, you will want a large crate.
Your dog should be able to stand, turn around and lay down with ease and comfort.
BUT, if you are starting out with a puppy, which is going to grow large, it is best to get a large size crate with a separator. This will avoid having to buy 2 separate crates as your pup grows.
It is basically a wall that slides down in the middle of the crate.
You may be wondering why this is necessary.
'Most' dogs will not go potty in an area where they sleep, however if the crate is large and the pup is small, they will have no issues peeing in one end and sleeping in the other. Thus, making the crate smaller prevents this. When your pup grows, simply remove the wall.
This is personally what I use. With these, always make sure the latches are properly connected, and there are no spaces that your dogs legs can poke out of. If your dogs leg gets stuck while your gone, you will have quite the situation on your hands. Always check crate connections each time you use this.
There are many other types of crates as well.
- There are 3 major rules to follow while training your puppy or dog
1) Never use the crate as punishment.
This will make your dog associate his crate with punishment, therefore not making it his own safe haven.
The point of crate training is to make it a happy den area for them.
2) Throughout the day, leave the crate door open, so they are free to come and go as they please.
(until it is time for them to be crated while you are away)
3) Never let the dog out of the crate while they whine.
This will teach the dog that if he whines, you will let him out.
The second the whining stops, open the door.
I found a great article on properly crate training your dog, and you can find that HERE.
I will go over a few quick tips which I have personally used, and have worked for me and my huskies.
- Introducing your pup or dog to the crate
Put a few high value treats inside the crate
(while your dog is watching)
Wait till they go in to eat, then begin to praise.
Do not close the door.
Do this a few times for at least 2 days.
By this time, the dog will see that the crate is nothing to be scared of.
Now . . . sit beside the crate, throw a treat inside, once he goes in, close the door.
Praise him the whole time, reach through and pet him, talk to him in a loving voice, letting him know everything is ok.
Then, open the door . . . more praise.
Next day, repeat the process above. Doing this, your dog will see that "hey, even when the door is shut, i'm safe in here."
- Now your ready to try leaving the house.
Make sure the crate has a bed, and a few toys that are safe and will not create a choking hazard, such as a frozen stuffed kong.
Leave your house, and take a listen.
Do you hear your dog whining? He might, but he should stop within a few minutes, and go to his kong to keep himself busy.
Now your well on your way to having a crate trained pup!
Remember to always leave the crate door open during the day.
Have his fav toys in there while you are home, and occasionally throw some treats in there to encourage him to go in. You will quickly find that your dog will willingly go in his crate to have a nap.
This is now his den area. His safe haven.
This post was part of Ruckus The Eskie and Earls World sepia Saturday blog hop!.
Thanks to these wonderful hosts for this fab hop!
Thanks everyone, and see you Monday!
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