Crate training a dog will need some time, effort and patience on your part but if done properly, it is the best way to teach your new puppy or adult dog appropriate behavior while giving hima place of his very own to escape the hustle and bustle of family life.
Dogs should have limited access to your home until fully trained. A crate just eliminates a lot of aggravation and is a vital piece of equipment for raising a well behaved puppy.
A Crate is Useful for a Variety of Situations...
1. Potty Training.
2. Safe transport while Traveling.
3. To prevent your dog from chewing on inappropriate items.
4. Confinement until your buddy learns the house rules when are too busy to supervise.
5. A retreat from small children.
6. Keeping your pet safe while cooking.
7. While you are out of the house.
You will want your dog to see the crate as a safe, secure haven. Give your canine friend a chance to become accustom to it gradually. Here are some things you can do before crate training a dog to make your pet feel comfortable with his little home...
1. Place the crate in a room where you spend a lot of time.
2. Line the bottom with a comfortable crate bed or cozy blanket.
3. Let your dog check out the crate on his own.
4. Praise him when he steps through the door.
5. Toss in some of his favorite toy or some treats and encourage him to go inside.(repeat step 3-5 several times a day until your dog feels at home in his crate.
6. Play with your friend when he is nosing around the crate or resting inside.
7. When he seems relaxed, quickly shut the door and open it. Next, making sure he has a chew toy, shut the door for a minute or two and then open it right away. Slowly increase the amount of time he is crated until you can leave your dog for fifteen minutes. When you see that your pet is relaxed, leave the room and come back, wander in and out of the room. When he is comfortable with that you can begin to get him used to being crated when you are not home. Start with short outings of fifteen minutes and build slowly.
8. Never leave your dog in the crate for more than 2-3 hours at a time.
9. Make sure the crate is large enough for your buddy to stand and turn around.
Crate training a dog by allowing your pet to become accustom to the pen gradually will permit him to view the crate as a cozy den he found in the wild. A place he will be happy to spendtime.
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