Saturday, 9 May 2015

Do's And Don'ts Of Crate Training Your Dog

Hi everyone, and welcome to Siberian Saturday. Last weeks S.S we went over some positive training using the Tethering system to aid in potty training a puppy, and/or bringing an adult dog back to the basics when need be. Obviously you can't tether a dog to you while your away from the house, so what do you do to prevent accidents and/or house destruction when your not home?
Crate Training 101
Crates are used more and more nowadays, whether they are to prevent your house from being destroyed while your away or to keep an anxious dog safe from harm, or even to simply prevent your dog from going potty all over your new carpet!
But how on earth do you crate train your dog? Won't they wine? Won't they try and get out?
Yes, probably - if you don't properly crate train them.
Let me explain.

You can't simply purchase a crate, put your dog/puppy in it, leave the house and expect everything to go smoothly. How would you feel if you were in their paws? Pretty confused right?
So how do you properly crate train then?

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Do - Make the crate comfy! Get some bedding so your pup has a comfy den like setting in his crate.
Do - Purchase some safe chew toys.
Do - Leave the crate door open while you are home, allowing your dog to walk in and out.
Do - Throw treats inside the crate (while your home and the door is open) periodically through the day. This will help entice your dog to want to walk in there all on his own.
Do - Once your dog has gotten used to walking in and out of the crate with ease, attempt to shut the door with him in it, and leave the house for 5 minutes.
Do - Up the time you leave your dog in the crate each day, helping him slowly get used to being in it, while feeling assured that you will come back to him each time.

Don't - Let your dog out because he whines. Doing this will create a habit. Dogs are smart, and will pick up on the fact that if they whine, you will let them out.
Don't - Use the crate as punishment. Using the crate as punishment will only make your dog fear it, and you will lose the whole den like setting you worked so hard to create.
Don't - Leave your dog in the crate for too many hours a day. You are setting your dog up for failure by leaving them for extremely long periods of time.
Don't - Provide toys that your dog can potentially choke on.
Don't - Use expensive bedding in the crate. Let's be real...your dog may chew the bedding you put in there out of boredom while your away. Putting expensive bedding in the crate, having it all chewed up, will only upset you, and not do your dog any good either!
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By following these tips, you are well on your way to a crate trained dog, and can feel safe while your away, knowing your home will be in one piece when you get back!

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Today's post is part of the Sepia Saturday Blog Hop.
Hosted by Ruckus The Eskie.
Co hosted by Earl's World.


  1. All great tips! Thanks for sharing and Happy Weekend!

  2. Good advice again.

    Thanks for joining Ruckus and Earl & Ethel for the Sepia Saturday Blog Hop!


  3. Hi Y'all!

    My Human always fed me my meals in my crate, and still does. She says they always taught a young horse to ride in the van or trailer using their meal. Once they were loaded they let them finish eating before unloading them.

    When traveling they always made sure they had a full rack of hay unless they were going to have to perform shortly upon arrival. My Human always made sure I had a stuffed black Kong to occupy me. (I guess since I don't eat hay)

    Y"all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

    1. That's a great tip as well Hawk! Thanks for adding to the list of do's!

  4. I was never crate trained, but I go in one if asked, not a big deal for me. Bailie is kind of crate trained, and she loves her crate. Until she matures, hopefully one day soon, she does end up in there a lot when Mom is away.

    1. Wow, you are certainly a well behaved pup Emma!

  5. Both of the boys are crate-trained. When Bentley was younger, he would open his kennel door and go inside when I left for work. It is very important that they are comfy inside their crate. ☺ Great tips!

  6. Great post and crate training our Sibes was taken care of early! It worked so well; they would run and jump for their crates in the car. And we used their Vari Kennels for their outdoors houses and they all knew which one was theirs

    1. And that's the key that I think a lot of people forget when trying to crate train. They need to know it's theirs! They need to feel like it is their safe place, their den! Thanks for your input as well Linda!

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  8. Great tips!! The only thing I would add is that you should remove their collars when they are left alone in the crate. They can accidentally get it caught (we had this happen with Luke once but I was right there, so I do know it can happen!). It's also great to provide them with a kong or other safe treat dispenser toy with kibble in it....that was probably the one thing that made Luke love his crate so much! :)
    Lots of wags and woofs from the crew at Wag n Woof Pets

    1. Yes!!! Thank you, that is another huge one to add to the list!!

  9. There have been five sibes in Mom's life and after a lot of mischief from Dakota and Phantom as pups, crates were introduced. Dakota, Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara all loved/love their crates, open or closed. Mom followed all those tips you recommended. Lightning - he is a sibe of a different nature - he HATES crates. Even the tastiest of treats or yummiest of bones can't get him to go inside one. Just one more of his quirky behaviors. Mom keeps trying because there could well be that day when he really needs to be in a crate. One of these days.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

    1. You know it's funny, some dogs just flat out refuse them don't they?

  10. great advice, I think it is so important to teach crate training. can come in so handy

    1. Yes it really can! Even if you don't use crates in your daily routine. Some day there may be a time when your dog needs to stay in a crate. So why not be prepared for that?!


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