Crate Training And Signs of Your Dogs Resistance
Once your dog gets used to the crate, lock him in, walk away and watch till he calms down. If he exhibits any signs of protest like barking, growling whining, biting or,scratching, don’t let him out. Instead, wait for him to settle down, then take him out of the crate. Do this for a couple of days until he is comfortable entering and exiting on his own.
Owners are against crate training a dog, because, they feel it’s like being in solitary confinement. However, with the benefits for you as well as your dog being crate trained are many
With the correct crate training your puppy or dog, will feel his crate is a haven instead doggie jail.
Den or crate training is based on how dogs find security in nesting places away from all distractions. For dogs, the denis their home. Through proper training and the right techniques, your dog won’t feel the crate as a threat or punishment.
THE BENEFITS OF CRATE TRAINING
a) When you at work, or play and can’t take them with you, placing them in a crate keeps them safe and controlled
b) The dog will feel safe inside the crate, since it is their comfort place.
c) The crate is their den, a place to get away from it all.
d) The crate is great to limit dogs with problem behaviors, such as chewing on things, wetting or tearing things up.
e) It is a good place for untrained puppies that wet or chew.
f) A Safe Place for the dogs with separation anxiety.
g) The Crate is his home, and he feels comfortable in it.
h) He feels happy and secure.
i) The crate is a routine your dog learns, he knows that’s his place
HOW BIG SHOULD THE CRATE BE?
The crate should be large enough for the dog on all standing, lie down comfortably, and give him room to turn all the way around without hitting the walls. However, If you travel with your dog, the crate should be bigger.
But, as far as for training, it should follow the guideline that was just mentioned above.
HOW TO INTRODUCE THE CRATE TO YOUR DOG
The best time is when they are a puppy, however, if your dog is older, wait till he is comfortable with you. Buy the correct sized crate, place it somewhere in your home where your dog will see it. Remove the door and let him explore and get comfortable with it, for about a week.
If he’s not interested, try leaving some of his favorite treats inside the crate. Wait a couple of days, and then put his food inside. this will let him know the crate is for him and its safe. Once he isn’t feeling threatened and is able to come and go freely, put the door back on, put him in the crate, and lock the door. Walk away, let him adjust to being confined. let him know he’s safe but that he has to remain in the crate. If he resists, let him stay inside till he calms down, then open the door and let him out.
This may take some time, so be patient and you will find that he soon will want to go in the cart, it’s his home and he feels comfortable with it. Now, when you can’t bring along your four-footed friend, you know he’s safe, he can’t get into mischief and he’s comfortable and feeling secure, not abandoned.
Article by Brandon Hays