Crate training your dog is a practical and efficient way to house train your dog and protect the home at the same time.
Why Crate Training?
The purpose of crate training your dog is to teach your dog to go into its crate (a rectangular enclosure which acts as a substitute for a den) on command for safety, obedience and general behaviour control.
Dogs like crates, the same way dogs like going under tables, on sofas, or on beds. The crate also provides your dog with a place where it is comfortable and secure.
Dogs generally do not like to soil their resting area. Therefore a crate is highly effective in house training your dog.
Crate training your dog is also useful when you travel with your dog as a crate can be used to transport your pet dog safely.
Overall, it is an effective training method used successfully by many dog owners and trainers alike.
Choosing a Crate
Select a crate and make sure that it provides enough space, comfort and security for your dog. The size of the crate should be big enough for your dog to be able to stand up and move around.
However, it should not be too big otherwise it might use one corner as a toilet.
If you have a puppy, it is more logical and economical to buy an adjustable crate that will accommodate him/her later as an adult dog.
Crate Training Your Dog
Before proceeding with crate training your dog, place a crate pad, bed of some sort, a bowl of water and your dog’s favourite toy in it.
Secure the crate’s door open so it won’t hit and frighten him/her accidentally.
Dogs are social animals so place the crate where your dog can see you or the family members frequently but is in a nice quiet corner so it can have some peace and quiet if required.
Do not place it somewhere isolated.
Introducing Your Dog to the Crate
Start by playing with your dog near the crate. Entice your dog into the crate by placing its favourite snack or toy within it. You could even feed your dog’s dinner in the crate.
When your dog enters the crate, be sure to reward it further with praise and gentle patting. This will help associate positive feelings towards the crate.
Repeat the process for the next few days until it is accustom to and uses the crate without any prompting.