One facet of dog training that is often overlooked is with the crates. Crates are cages or portable boxes that act as your dog’s area of safety, as well as a viable method in which you can safely transport your dog to various locations.
Moreover though, these crates are a way to establish rules and discipline to your dog.
Let’s take a look at two tips to crate training your dog.
While it may sound weird, the first thing you should do is introduce your dog to his or her crate. In order to do this, what you want to do is to just place in the vicinity of where your dog usually hangs out. This will allow them to see it, sniff it, and familiarize themselves with it. Taking a step near or inside the cage is not the first step.
After a while though, leave the crate open. In time, they will explore the crate. Some dogs are shy, and there is no problem with that.
When this happens though, what you can do is stand behind the crate and try to lure them closer by calling them over. You can also put treats around the crate or even something like a breadcrumb trail that will lead inside.
Apart from food, the team members of Dog Training have also tried putting toys or blankets that their dogs like.
Once they are familiar with the crate, the next thing you have to do is use their food as a way to make them bond with their crate. During mealtimes, place their food within the crate. Place it all the way inside there so they will have no choice but to go inside.
When they are comfortable doing this, try closing the door once they start eating intently. When they are done, open the door immediately. As time goes on, the time between closing and opening doors can gradually increase.
If however when you try this tip your dog whines, this means that you have pushed your dog a little too hard into embracing his or her crate. Take your time with it and remain patient. Repeat the previous steps.
Please note though that when they do begin whining if the gate is closed, only let them out when they stop whining. You don’t want your dogs to connect whining with being let out of the crate. It could lead to a whole slew of problems.
These are only a few tips to crate training your puppy. We hope you see the value in this training and begin to do so.