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Crate Training Methods

Crate training may come as a shock to your dog especially when you do it wrong. Do yourself a favor and do not terrorize your dog. Introduce your dog to a crate properly to make the most out of this training tool. Read on and find out the best methods for training in crates.

A crate is in essence an enclosed space that serves to isolate your dog. Sometimes you putting him inside one make him feel like he is being punished. His separation from the pack, your family, may cause him a great deal of stress. In this case, he will try to claw his way out.

The proper way to introduce a crate to your dog is make him trust it. Do this gradually by placing it in a room he frequently visits. Leave the door open to encourage him to explore inside. His curiosity should guarantee that he will sniff around.

Make the interior warm and cozy by including some soft padding or better yet a blanket. Toss in some toys and some treats to entice him some more. Keep doing this and he will eventually feel right at home.

When you catch him inside, do not slam the door shut. He might just think that you double crossed him. Remember that this is about building trust. Give him a calming massage instead. Only close the door when you are sure that he is already comfortable spending time inside.

Keep in mind that this is a gradual process. This lasts over a period of a few days at best. Slowly increase the time he spends inside with each passing day. Build up from a starting time of 15 minutes and gradually work your way up until he gets used to it.

If your dog cannot handle crate training yet, it is a good idea to put him through obedience training first. If you already have, now is a good time to review everything he has learned. Concentrate on teaching him to stay put and sit down. This is what he needs to learn to calm down and stay inside the crate.

Sometimes the problem may be the crate itself and not your dog. Make sure it is big enough and that he fits perfectly inside. Furnish the interior with creature comforts such as his favorite toy and a soft blanket.

You will know your efforts have been rewarded when your dog voluntarily goes inside his crate. Do this right and he will see his crate as just another room in the house that he can visit and explore. He will feel safer and more secure in places that he needs to be crated such as a veterinarian's office or grooming shop.

It is important to know that a crate is not a one-stop solution. Never confine a dog inside a crate in warm weather especially if he has a thick coat. Keep an adequate supply of food and water during your extended absence.

Introduce your dog to a crate the proper way before starting crate training.

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