-A dog that happily goes to his crate the instant you ask him to ‘go to bed’
-A dog that happily settles in his crate for up to 4 hours on end, with minimum distress and boredom
-A dog that is successful and happy in its new environment
A crate can be useful for many reasons. A crate is a safe place for a puppy or new dog to be when they are unsupervised. It also keeps the dog out of trouble. Crate training is also an essential tool in potty training. The crate can also be a safe place to keep the puppy from becoming overwhelmed with visiting people or dogs. It is also a familiar place for a dog during a vet stay or during transport. This can help to reduce anxiety in unfamiliar situations.
To get a dog happily going to the crate is taught with 5 gradual steps without intimidation. Stay at the same step until your dog is reliably performing that step 8 out of 10 times. Spend time on the first steps and this will help you in the long run. Remember to keep it positive and fun.
· Do not make a fuss when he goes out after a longer period. It’s not like he had a stint in jail. He just went to his bedroom for a bit, and you are teaching him that it’s perfectly mundane and safe.
· When you come back, hang around a little so that your return doesn’t mean the door instantly flies open. Just flip through a magazine for a few seconds.
· Be careful what you leave in the crate. Make sure it won’t splinter or tear apart.
· Keep the crate positive. Do not use it as a punishment.
· If the dog cannot be in crated in a separate room yet, crate it in the bedroom until it is ready to be separated. This will decrease the chances of the dog developing separation anxiety.
· Even if the crate training is well established, don’t forget to reward your dog with attention/treats, etc. whenever he’s in his crate, especially if he is calm.
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