Puppy Crate Training
Crate training resolves the difficulties and risks associated with the dog that dashes uncontrollably in and out of doors are easily resolved once we complete our foundation crate training and behavioral modification.
Once you and your dog have mastered the skills of controlled dog crate entry and exit, it’s easy to transition those skills to going in and out of other enclosures, rooms, vehicles, and other environmental boundaries under the explicit command and reliable, obedient control.
General training. There are countless applications for crate training and use in general training.
If you are engaged in formal training for competition, sport, or service, you must ensure that your dog has a safe and secure place for “time outs” between your sessions at your training venue.
During the warm weather months, you must have a secure area outside of your vehicle where your dog can remain in safety in a shaded area.
It is unspeakably foolhardy and in many areas, it is illegal to leave a dog unsupervised in a vehicle during warm weather.
Door Behaviors. Most importantly, there are specific crate training strategies and commands that have much broader applications in the “real world” training.
For example, the learning, teaching, and proofing of the commands Crate Wait, and Come Out apply to crate training as they do for training obedient behaviors for going in and out of doorways, gates, and vehicles.
Utilizing the crate to teach these critical obedience commands is the simplest and most effective strategy for introducing potentially life-saving behaviors and self-control to the young pup and dog.
Having successfully taught your pup not to dash explosively out of his crate, you can quickly apply the same learning and behavior to safely exiting the home, yard, or vehicle under your explicit command and control.
You can choose to train your dog the hard way, or the easy way; crate training facilitates a great deal of behavioral management and modification that will have a resoundingly positive influence on many other aspects of your future training and problem-free daily life with your dog.
For dogs with a history of chronic separation anxiety or other significant fear-based behaviors, be sure to consult with your veterinarian or a qualified veterinary canine behaviorist for help understanding and addressing the underlying physiological or psychological imbalances before embarking on any training plan.