How To Crate Train A Dog? - Part 1

Why is crate training so important? 

Crate training is crucial because it ensures that your dog ends up with a good sense of security and comfort when you bring home one of these crates. They have to feel comfortable enough to enter the crate without feeling scared or forced. 

In fact, if you manage to get your dog really familiar with the crate, it can do wonders for your pooch's mental health. For example, if there are new visitors in the home, your dog may feel intimidated or anxious, in which case being able to retreat to their crate will help them relax.

Besides that, proper crate training is also helpful if you move to a new home or environment. If the dog sees their crate is still the same even in a new environment, they will get settled much faster.

How To Properly Crate Train A Dog?

1. Find the perfect spot for the dog crate

The first thing you need to is to place the dog crate somewhere in the house and leave the crate’s door wide open. You also need to make sure that your dog is not in the room while you do that. This will help ensure that they aren’t accidentally frightened. You can even place your dog’s favorite toy or bedding inside it to help them feel more comfortable.

2. Give rewards

Afterward, call your dog into the room and give them some time to investigate the “strange object” by themselves. If they seem to be interested in it, you can reward them with some treats so that they feel that the crate’s presence has some benefit. Once they go inside, you can reward them again, but do not close the crate behind them just yet.

3. Leave the crate door open

Some dogs may feel scared if it's their first time in the crate and you closed the door so abruptly. So leave it open and give them the freedom to enter and exit it freely. You can even make the crate more appealing by placing more of their toys and even meal bowls inside. Repeat this practice for a few days. This will let them grow accustomed to the crate and feel relaxed.

4. Lock the crate when your pup starts to feel comfortable inside it

You can do this for short periods and remain in the room while they are still inside. This will help keep them from panicking. You can then gradually start to leave the door locked for extended periods and sometimes even leave the room to see how they react.

Once it is clear that your dog is content with patiently waiting inside the crate, you can now start to leave the house too. Just make sure that you leave them with access to water and treats. There are usually special hanging bowls that you can place on the side of the crate for such purposes.

Also Read What You Should Know About Dog Crate Sizes to learn how to choose the right crate for your dog.

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