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?
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!
Never use your dogs crate as punishment. Doing so will only destroy the happy den like setting you have worked so hard to create for them!— Jenna Drady (@HuskyCrazed) May 9, 2015
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