So just how does crate training work though? The dog crate becomes a place where your dog can feel secure. It’s a place to escape to, a place to be alone, a place to sleep, and a place to just hang out. How does it help with potty training though? Your dog learns to acknowledge that it’s a crate, and that it’s not a place to just be in until it needs to go which brings us to the following tips on crate training a puppy.
How Does Crate Training Work?
Think of the crate as a room for your dog, sort of like an den. Think of your dog’s crate as the equivalent of your child’s room. In the den you have a place to sleep, a place to play with toys, and a place to eat. It’s also a safe place to be out of the way.
You can move the crate around, have it as big or small as you like it, but it should not be too small where your dog feels like he is getting trap and not able to move around. Make sure that the crate is the correct size for your dog.
You should only use a crate when you are home with your dog. You can also put the crate in an area where you spend time so he’s not always alone. Crating a dog when you are away for long periods of time is a big fat no-no. Your dog will suffer from separation anxiety and be highly distressed. A crate should only be used as a temporary measure, and never as a long-term lock up.
You should consider where you want to use the crate. The place should be appropriate for his size and, in most cases, be out of the way. A dog’s natural instinct is to find a place where he feels safe and secure. A crate that is used in the wrong place can produce entirely new problems for your dog.
Once you decide on a location, you will need to determine how to get your dog used to his new space. The best way to start is to simply leave him in it for a while. At first, you may need to have a look frequently and let him out, and give him plenty of praise and attention.
You’ll need to gradually increase the amount of time that you leave your dog in the dog cage without creating stress for her. You want her to feel as though she has a meaningful and positive association with her den. So the number of hours you leave your dog in the dog cage without her barking or howling while you are away should increase. She won’t like it at first, but she will get used to it.
For normal dogs, this should not be too much of a problem. If your dog has trouble with any of the above, however, you should be aware of any special needs or problems he may have.
There are times when it will be important for your dog to be in his crate, when there are guests in the house. You may want to consider using a spare blanket or dog bed that can be washed to remove any odors.
You may be tempted to provide your dog with a completely free roam of the house, free from human tethers, but this can lead to problems. If your dog is allowed free reign, he may be tempted to relieve himself in the house. This, of course, poses a whole separate set of problems that you will have to deal with.
When crate training, it is very important to make sure that your dog is experiencing a good fit in the crate. She should be snug yet comfortable. If you’re able to enlist the assistance of your current dog owner friends, you will both be able to help your dog adjust to her new home in no time.
With the proper care and attention, your dog will surely be crate trained and in the future, she will even enjoy going to her crate, knowing that she is safe, secure and comfortable.