There are many benefits of crate training a dog; not only does a crate offer a safe place for your dog to retreat to and relax—but crate training can also help keep your dog safely contained and content while you’re away from home. Not sure where to begin when it comes to crate training a dog? We’ve got tips for pups of any age.
Top Crate Training Tips
Start by selecting the right crate for your dog. There are many different types of crate, ranging from plastic to metal. Regardless of the type of crate you select, make sure it is sized properly for your dog. Ideally, the crate should be just large enough for your dog to comfortably lie down and turn around as needed. If your dog is younger, however, keep in mind that you may need to buy larger crates as he or she grows.
Once you’ve picked out the right crate, it’s time to get started. The best way to introduce your dog to a crate is to do so for gradually longer periods of time. Start with just one minute in the crate and then work your way up as your dog becomes more comfortable.
If your dog doesn’t seem to take to the crate right away, which is common, you can make it more appealing by feeding your dog dinner in the crate and even hiding snacks in there. Over time, this will help your dog to form a more positive association.
Even when the crate is not in use, keep the door open at all times so your dog knows that he or she can use the crate whenever. And last but not least, always be sure to remove your dog’s collar (or make sure he or she wears a break-away collar) for safety. Otherwise, collars may become snagged on the crate and pose a hazard to your dog.
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Patience is key when it comes to crate training a dog. With enough consistency, however, your dog’s crate may become his or her new favorite spot in the house.
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