I used to think that crates were bad. I didn’t like the thought of locking my pet up without the freedom to roam the house! But, after crate training my girls, I realized it’s a life saver. Plus, they love their crates!
Benefits of Crate Training
Giving your dog a crate can create sort of a safe place for them. Both my girls have separation anxiety and their crate helps with that. It gives them an area to lay to feel calm while we are gone.
Also it can help with house training. Usually, a dog will not pee where they sleep or eat.
Choosing The Right Crate
You do not want to get a too small crate. You should make sure your dog has enough room to lay down, turn around, and stand up. We have huge crates. Purchased from PetCo! I believe it fits up to Great Dane. We chose a bigger size because I was already iffy about getting a crate, atleast get a big one!
Sierra’s first crate was small, but we upgraded as she grew. (That’s my hubby making her comfortable!) You have so many options when it comes to crates. Different colors, sizes, and types.
We started training as soon as we got Sierra. She was a lot more vocal as a puppy than she is now. We would only put her in for an hour or a half while we went to the gym on base. She would howl the entire time! It took a little while until she was used to it.
- Start by putting treats in the crate and allowing your dog to smell around and eat them. Once he is on, praise him but do not close the door yet.
- Whenever your dog voluntarily goes in the crate on his own, give a treat. You can close the door for a few seconds and if he is calm, give another treat.
- Slowly build up the time you leave the door closed.
- Give blankets and toys to make them feel even more comfortable.
Actions That Slow Down The Process
Do not use the crate as punishment. That will associate negativity to something that is positive. Leaving your dog in for a long period of time without exercise is negative as well. Dogs generally need a bathroom break every 2-3 hours.
We use the crate when we are gone no longer than 3-4 hours. If we are working, a baby gate is used and crates or left open for them to lay as they please!
Hope you enjoyed some of my tips, happy training!