How to Crate Train your Puppy or Adult Dog

Dog Crate Training: The Basics

Dog crate training is one of the most effective ways of modifying your pet’s elimination habits. If your puppy or new pet has decided that they want to leave puddles or other unsightly messes around your house, then taking a closer look at this method may be in order.

Dog crate training is based around the premises that most dogs will not eliminate where they sleep or rest, provided that they are given options to release elsewhere.

Therefore, owners will temporarily confine their pets to a cage of some sort, in order to change negative behaviors. However, the confinement is only one aspect of dog crate training; the other, more important aspect occurs when the dog is released from its cage, is brought outside to go to the bathroom, and is instantly praised.

It is important to note that this method is used only to temporarily confine your dog when you are crate training him, or when you are away from your home for shorter periods of time (i.e. going to work).

This method is meant to teach your dog bladder control, helping them to learn when and where it is and is not appropriate to do the deed.

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However, dog crate training is not meant as a stopgap measure for a difficult dog; at no point should your dog EVER be locked up for an extended period of time, or the problem will only intensify.

Your pet should, at first, only be confined to his crate when you are within close range (i.e. at home, or going for a walk around the block). Other than when you go to sleep, you should allow your dog to initially take a break from the crate every hour to go to the bathroom.

As soon as you open the cage, guide them outside and give them a couple of minutes to take care of themselves. If within five minutes they haven’t, gently guide them back to their cage.

If your dog, however, does take care of himself outside, IMMEDIATELY provides some sort of positive reinforcement that your dog already associates with being good, such as a toy, treat, affection, long walk or something along those lines.

When starting the dog crate training, make sure to keep a diary of when your dog eats, sleeps and requires a bathroom break. Soon, you’ll see patterns to his behavior, and you can slowly stretch out the times to allow him outside of the crate for a break.

For instance, if your dog needs a potty break every day when they wake up, and then again during the lunch hour, allow him to run free outside of these times, except for ONE HOUR before that time occurs.

Then, put your dog back in the crate so that an accident doesn’t happen, and continue positively reinforcing the behavior. Bit by bit you’ll be able to stretch this out until after a couple of weeks, you should no longer need the crate at all.

Note however those accidents do happen. If they do, just clean it up, and don’t do anything to your dog. Just note the accident, and make sure the next day to put him in his crate an hour before the same corresponding time, and use the same methods again until the problem is corrected.

This is one of Many Puppy and Adult Dog Training Articles that I will be putting on my website.

Please check back often for more informative articles, including litter box training, crate training, doggy door training, outside training, how to remove tear stains, how to clean your dogs ears, how to clean your dogs teeth, obedience training, clicker training, how to give your dog a bath, how to leash train your puppy and many more great articles.

 

Crate Training Dogs & Puppies- Frequently asked questions

1) Why should I crate train my dog?

Crate Training is the fastest and most humane method of housebreaking dogs. Have you ever seen a dog under a table, chair or bed? The reason is that dogs naturally want to seek shelter, even in a house. If you don’t provide it, they will create it themselves in an effort to feel safe and secure. A crate serves as a den for your dog.

2) How does crate training work?

Like babies, puppies cannot control their bladders until they mature (usually between 3 and 6 months). Dogs have a natural instinct to avoid eliminating in their dens. Therefore, confining your puppy in his crate for the proper amount of time encourages him to “hold it” until you take him outside for a walk. Pet Dreams offers Free Crate Training Tips with more step-by-step details.

3) What about housebreaking older dogs?

It is never too late to crate train your dog! The number one reason dogs end up in shelters is behavior problems. Crate training, at any age, can help break bad habits and solve most of these problems.

4) How long do I need to use the crate?

Crates are not just for training- they are good for the lifetime of your dog. By providing a crate for your dog, you are in essence providing him with his own bedroom. Crates are especially important for older dogs that use it to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday family life, which often includes small children or other pets that may harass them.

5) How safe is crate training?

Dog crates are the best housetraining tool available. They provide a room for your dog while protecting your home furnishings from damage. However, even a crate isn’t an absolute safe harbor for your pet. As per crate manufacturers’ warnings, you should always remove standard collars before placing your dog in a crate.

Otherwise, your dog is at risk for possible strangulation if his collar or ID tags become caught in the crate’s bars. Pet Dreams’ Cratewear bumpers are the only bumpers made high enough to help prevent collar strangulation and other crate-related injuries.

6) I was told that dogs like their crates, so why do I have to force mine inside?

There are many reasons to not enjoy a bare metal dog cage.

Comfort: When dogs lie down in their crates, they are leaning up against wire bars, which can be very irritating. Crate bumpers and pads, like Cratewear, provide the comfort your dog will appreciate.

Security: Wire crates leave your dog exposed on all sides. Crate covers provide den-like security.

Location: Separating your dog from the rest of the family can add stress. Dogs are social animals, so the ideal location is a room full of activity. Your dog will enjoy his new room while still being part of the family.

At night the bedroom is an ideal place for a crate so your dog will feel the security of being close to you.

Time: Confining him in his crate for excessive periods of time will be a negative experience for your dog. After housebreaking your dog, we recommend removing the door from the crate so he can enjoy his den any time he chooses.

 

7) What can I do to make my dog’s crate more appealing?

Use Cratewear to make his crate safe & comfortable
Put appropriate toys and treats inside the crate, which will entice him to go in on his own.

Feeding your dog in his crate can develop a positive association with it.
Give your puppy lots of praise when he enters the crate.

8) How do I stop my dog from whining or barking the crate?

Again, make sure the crate is in a good location. Veterinarians and trainers recommend covering the crate to give your dog the privacy he needs to feel secure. If your dog can see you, he’ll want to be with you outside the crate. Crate covers lower the number of distractions your dog sees, which reduces barking and stress.

Note: Dogs that suffer from separation anxiety should not be created. If you feel your dog is suffering from separation anxiety and is showing clinical signs, please avoid creating him until speaking to a professional.

9) What’s in crate training for me?

Dog crates give your dog a place he can claim as his territory. Providing your dog with a comfortable room of his own will help keep him off your furniture.

In addition to the safety and comfort benefits for your dog, Cratewear will enhance your wire crate to fit your decor, making the crate an attractive addition to any room. All of this results in a more positive training experience for you and your pooch!

This is one of Many Puppy and Adult Dog Training Articles that I will be putting on my website. Please check back often for more informative articles, including litter box training, crate training, doggy door training, outside training, how to remove tear stains, how to clean your dogs ears, how to clean your dogs teeth, obedience training, clicker training, how to give your dog a bath, how to leash train your puppy and many more great articles.