Crate Training Tips

When done properly the crate can become a safe haven that a dog really loves. Dogs are denning animals so they really enjoy having a small dark space where they can feel safe and rest out of the way of the every day hustle and bustle. It is also a very handy tool you can use for training purposes. You can use it to potty train and stop puppy chewing and. You can also use it for safely transporting your furry family member.

  • Getting the right size crate is imperative. A dog should be able to stand up and turn around easily.
  • To help your pup fall in love with his crate it is best to make your dogs crate as inviting and familiar as possible.
  • Crate pads and beds are a great way to make your dog feel at home. Toys and treats are also a good idea.
  • Never use the crate as a punishment. Your dog will come to fear it and refuse to enter.
  • Use friendly tones when introducing a crate and always praise when your dog makes the decision to enter her crate.
  • Once your dog goes in his crate willingly you can start feeding him in there.
  • Reward your dog with praise and treats when she is being calm and quiet in the crate and don’t give into whining.
  • Don't leave your dog in the crate too long. A dog who’s crated all day and night doesn't get enough exercise or human interaction and can become depressed or anxious. You may have to change your schedule, hire a pet sitter or take your dog to a daycare facility to reduce the amount of time they spend in their crate each day.
  • Puppies under six months of age shouldn't stay in a crate for more than three or four hours at a time. They can't control their bladders or bowels for that long. The same goes for adult dogs being housetrained.
  • The crate should always have a comfortable bed and the door left open when you’re home so your dog can enter it when they need a safe space.