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Dog Crate Training in Easy Steps

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Author: Tara Roskell

Why should you crate train your dog?

Whilst at first many people are concerned that their dog might not like being in a crate most dogs accept it very well. Crate training ought to be done patiently in order for the dog to think of it as a good thing The crate is a great place where your dog can get away from it all for some peaceful time by itself. For a dog owner the benefits of crate training your dog include understanding that whilst in its crate your dog is secure and not chewing anything, it can also keep your dog out of the way while you are very busy. Crate training can also help with house training your dog as normally dogs don't want to wee or poo in the place they sleep. If your dog has aggression problems going in its crate allows it to be near people without anyone getting hurt.

How to select a suitable crate for your dog

The most popular types of dog crate are metal or plastic. A crate cover is a good addition if you pick a metal crate as it will make it more enclosed. whichever type of crate you pick make sure there is sufficient area so that your dog may stand up and turn round easily. If you are crate training a puppy try to work out what size it will be as a full size dog. If you intend leaving your dog in its crate for a period of time, always make sure it has water to drink, certain water containers with hooks can be bought specifically to go on a crate.

Beginning your dog crate training

Most dogs are generally quite curious so will likely be interested as to what this strange object is. Use this to your benefit and place a piece of food or your dog's preferred toy into the crate so that your dog steps in to retrieve it, don't shut the doorway at this time. To entice your dog to become more positive about going in the crate keep on placing treats/toys in it for a couple of days.

The next phase of crate training your dog

When your dog has got used to the crate a bit more endeavour to close the crate door for a short time. Immediately open the crate door and allow your dog come back out. Get your dog accustomed to the crate door being closed for longer periods of time. Praise and give your dog some food in the crate. Endeavour to leave your dog in its crate for 5 minutes whilst you are still close so it can see you. increase the time your dog is in the crate, but this time try leaving the room for some of the time.

If crate training is performed right your dog will view its crate as a nice place. Do not endeavour to put your dog in its crate as you leave the house until it is completely calm with it. If your dog is not relaxed it may attempt to escape from the crate and wound itself. On no account put your dog in its crate for too long without letting it out to relieve itself and stretch its legs.

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About the author: Tara is the writer of Puppy and Dog Obedience a website of dog and puppy training tips including dog crate training.

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