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Crate Training Your Dog

September 7, 2017

Crate training is very valuable and has many benefits for you and your dog. These include:

· Assisting with toilet training

· Improve future stays at the vet clinic or boarding kennels

· Provides a “safe space” for your dog to retreat to when they feel overwhelmed

· Good for use when you have visitors over

 

Introducing the crate:

1. Call your dog over to the crate

2. Drop small treats near the crate, then just inside the door, and finally, all the way inside. You can also use your dogs favourite toy if they aren’t treat orientated.

3. Continue this step until your dog walks calmly all the way in.

4. Next, close the door and treat the dog. Slowly increase the amount of time the door stays shut before your dog gets a treat.

5. Now you can try to leave the room with your dog in the crate and again slowly increase the period of time that you are gone.

6. By this stage your dog should be fairly relaxed in the crate and you can start to leave them for longer periods of time.

 

Tips for Crate Training:

· Work slowly in stages to get the dog used to the crate. It can take hours, days or weeks depending on the dogs past experiences.

· Put the crate in a quiet area but somewhere the dog can still see and feel involved with the family

· The crate needs to be a fun place only. It must not be used as a punishment space

· Make the crate comfortable with their bed and favourite toys

· Feed your dog in the crate

· Toilet your dog immediately before and after entering the crate

· Play crate games to get them used to being in the crate

· Ignore any unwanted behavior (eg. Barking and whinging)

· You can cover the crate with a blanket to help quiet them at night

· A hot water bottle or ticking clock under their bed can also help ease them during their first few nights as this will stimulate the warmth and sound of sleeping with their litter mates.