Dog Crate Training Introduction and BenefitsWokeepet
Many owners reject crating training. Some people will say: “The dog is my best friend, my family, how can I keep him in a crate!”
Indeed, it is true from our human point of view. How pitiful it is to be deprived of freedom in a crate!
Is Crate training cruel? Why trap a puppy? They howl in pain in the dog crate. Isn’t it too cruel to do so? Not so, let me give you two examples:
- When a female wolf is about to give birth to a wolf cub, she will dig a hole. The little wolf is born and has been living in the wolf cave. It is very closed here; there is no light, the little wolf can’t feel the wind, rain, and thunder, and will not be disturbed. The little wolf pups grow safely in the cave. From the perspective of the dog’s animal genes, the dog crate is a cave, which will protect them and give them a sense of security. This is a good thing, not a sin.
- In the waiting area of the dog race, we will see the dogs are locked in air boxes or foldable tent dog crates. The purpose of this is to give the racing dog a sense of security as much as possible, take a good rest and accumulate energy, avoid being disturbed to affect emotions, and affect the state of the game.
A dog will feel more secure in a crate. A huge empty place with no people, compared to a confined closed crate, the crate makes the dog feel safer
Many pet owners have said: Why does my dog not follow my words, have no rules, always run around, etc. As long as the dogs are under crate training, you can solve these problems easily.
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Why do puppies need to do dog crate training?
The dog crate is like a bed for our puppies. Because it is closed, it can be used as a ” haven” to avoid annoyance.
A dog crate is also a safe and “private” space for puppies. The puppies could get free from trouble quickly with a crate.
Most puppies and adult dogs will feel safe in a small and relatively enclosed environment. But this does not mean that puppies should stay in the dog crate for a long time; they need to do the necessary dog crate training to adapt to the dog crates as a room in a comfortable and relaxed state.
Seven precautions for puppy dog crate training:
1. Introduce the dog crate to the puppies correctly; your puppies will accept and even like to spend time in the dog crate. Crate training should be a pleasant experience, and the dog crate for puppies should not be a place of punishment. So use positive and positive methods to make the dog treat the dog crates as a lovely room.
2. Let the puppies be familiar with it at their own pace. Well-socialized puppies will be curious about strange things, and of course, some dogs will hesitate. Take the dog crate as a part of the home, and then place it in the house’s room, with the door open to allow the puppies to come and go freely and explore.
3. Make the dog crate a happy place and place a comfortable blanket or dog bed in it. Or you can choose to put a toy that the dog likes and encourage the dog to take the toy out, hoping that the puppies can associate the happiness with the dog crate.
4. Reduce the dog’s sensitivity: some puppies can settle down by themselves and enjoy interesting toys and delicious food. But not all puppies can do this; some may want to get out of the dog crate, make sure they leave the toy in the dog crate, and let the puppies out. By doing this, you can teach your dog that exciting and delicious things can be found in the dog crate. For most puppies, you can close the door for a while when there is something to chew.
5. Extend the time that the puppies stay in the dog crate. After a week, increase the time that the puppies stay with the toys in the dog crate. During training, please keep the door open. You will be surprised to find that the puppies can take a nap in the dog crate themselves or use it as a “refuge” away from other pets.
6. Once your dog accepts the dog crate as a place for puppies to rest and sleep, you can move the dog crate to a quieter place in the room. For example, by your bed, let the puppies sleep in this fixed area, and close to you can be familiar with your smell and existence. Provide a private place for the puppies; try to avoid the living room and kitchen activity area so that it will be disturbed as little as possible when resting.
7. When the dog is moaning or barking, it is essential not to leave the crate. When the dog relaxes and keeps quiet, then open the door. When you open the door when the dog is humming, you are teaching it that the owner will open the crate door if you bark loud enough. If you ignore this, the dog may bark at night, affecting your sleep. This is also a problem that dog owners often complain to me about. The formation of bad habits is straightforward, but it is not easy to get rid of them. The best choice we can make is to prevent these harmful habits from happening for the first time.
Crate Training Benefits
It can prevent the dog from doing damage at home when there is no one in the house, for the safety of the dog and the integrity of your furniture and sofa.
It can help dogs develop a good habit of going to the toilet. Dogs don’t like to get dirty in their room by nature. Dog crate training allows dogs to learn to hold back urine until they are released, thus guiding outdoor toilet training.
Dogs can be transported safely. Putting the dog in a crate and then in the car is a safer method of transportation. For air transportation, dogs are also placed in crates.
Protect the dog’s body safety; Especially for puppies, an unmanned home is a place full of dangers. Wires, various foreign objects, and inedible foods will bring trouble to the dog and even endanger its life. The crate can avoid all this.
How to Crate Training Your Dog?
1. Let your dog calm down
No matter what you train your dog, it would help if you calmed the dog down, and then he will accept your order, guidance, or training. If the dog is still in a state of excitement at this time, it is not suitable for him to accept this new thing directly.
- Start to touch the crate
Bring the dog to the crate. Be sure not to rush. Any rushing behavior will make the dog feel uneasy. Slowly bring the dog to the crate. In the process, the dog feels your calmness and continues to be calm. At the same time, his sense of smell is also recognizing and observing this new thing.
Please stay by the crate, let him sit down next to the crate, lie down, continue to be quiet, continue to relax, massage, caress, and so on. The existence of the crate will connect it with some very good things-love and caress.
- Lead into the crate
Take the dog into the crate. It’s okay to hold it in slowly. If the dog continues to be quiet and does not resist, you will almost succeed
For a dog who wants to resist, want to escape, and chirp to express anxiety and fear, you must calmly and firmly tell it: You want him to stay here.
- Don’t close the door right away
Don’t close the door immediately after the dog enters the crate. This will give the dog the illusion that he can’t go out to play again. This way, he will reject the crate even more.
After a while, we will now lead the dog out, return to the home environment, and continue to keep it calm.
In this way, he feels that he can come out even if he enters the crate, and he will not reject the closed crate.
So you lead him into the crate again. The second time will be easier to get in than the first time. Then the third, fourth, fifth time, until it comes in and out smoothly.
- Stay in the crate longer
After not being rejected into the crate, let the dog stay in it for a long time. Put your dog’s favorite toys or delicious treats in the crate; Now, you can leave it, sit on the sofa or chair next to it, and watch it quietly, When you see him playing naturally in the crate without noticing the presence of the crate, you have succeeded.
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