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Benefits Of Dog Crate Training - How To Crate Train Your Dog

Author : Jared Wright

Sometimes a person just needs a little space. Usually we find respite in our bedrooms or in that special room at home that is just for us. Maybe it's the garden. But where does a dog go when he needs a little space? In the end, your house is your home and your dog is simply another occupant.

Enter the dog crate. This can be a regular dog kennel, a small wire fence, or even just a special area that your dog can call its own. In any case, it should be able to be closed off. You will be creating a space that your dog can call its own, a special space that your dog can go when he needs to be away from everyone, or a space that he can feel safe if, say he is escaping the vacuum cleaner or another frightening household noise.

The idea behind the crate is that it appeals to your dog's instinct for den building. Dog ancestors used to dig dens and use them as a safe zone to protect their pups or themselves from danger. A dog, while not having as many threats or dangers in its life, still values that safe place.

The benefits of having a crate for your dog are many and varied. From your dog's perspective, he will have a safe place to avoid the stress of other areas of the house. From your perspective, you will have a place to put your pet if guests are coming who may not appreciate your dog, your dog will become house trained more quickly as he will not want to soil his crate or den, and you will have a convenient way to transport your dog. If you need to fly and your dog has never spent time in a kennel before, the flight will be terribly stressful. If your dog sees the crate as his safe zone, he will tend to be more relax and comfortable in the air.

You will have several options when selecting a crate for your dog. There are many material to choose from, including plastic, collapsible fabric and metal. Most important is that the crate should be the right size for your dog. Your dog should be able to stand straight up in the crate and turn around in the crate when the door is closed.

Next, consider what the crate will be used for. Will you consider to bring your pet on flying trips? Will he be riding in the car? Your pet store associate will be able to help you choose the right crate.

Just before we dive into the training methods, here are some words of advise. Your dog's crate is your dog's own special place in the house. It should always be a good place to be and should never be used for punishment. You must also remember that dogs of different ages will be able to stand different amounts of time in the crate. Puppies and very old dogs may not be able to hold their bladders for very long.

How to Crate Train Your Dog

Begin by leaving the crate out in a place your dog can't miss. Allow your dog to explore it at his own pace. You can also place a mat or cushion on the bottom. Soon after, start to place your dog food nearer to the crate and eventually to just inside the door. The goal is that your dog will eventually take his meals in the kennel without fear.

While your dog is in the crate, close the door briefly before opening it again, gradually prolonging the amount of time your dog spends with the door closed. In the beginning, stay close to the kennel so your dog can see you, but as time goes on, move out of view and earshot.

Between mealtimes, try to get your dog to go into the crate willingly. Every time he enters, be sure to praise him and give him a treat.

Sooner or later, your dog will become at ease to stay in the crate for half an hour at one time. At this point you might try keeping him in the crate over night or while you leave the house briefly.

Some dogs will whine while in their crates. You meed to learn differentiate if your dog needs to relieve himself or simply whining for attention and to be let out. If it's the former, let him out and put him back in once he's finished. If not, choosing to ignore the whining is the best solution. Be sure you don't reward your dog for whining.

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