When training a dog, it’s very important to be patient. Far too many dog owners make the mistake of believing that dogs think like humans. This is not the case. It’s important for you to understand your dog’s instinctual needs and desires, since this can help you to implement an effective dog training program. Understanding how to train a dog does require you to do a bit of research of how dogs understand and process the world around them. Crate training dogs is a direct usage of their instinctual desire to have a “cave” or “den” that they can designate as their personal space. Here are some easy to follow dog training tips for using a crate.
Choosing a Crate
There are many different types and styles of dog crates available for purchase. It’s best if the first factor that you consider when choosing a dog crate is size. The crate should be large enough for your dog to stand, sit, and turn around in. However, purchasing a crate that is too large may cause your dog to use their crate as a toilet, so keep this in mind. As a general rule, a dog will not go to the bathroom in the same place that they sleep. The crate should be just large enough so that a dog is able to comfortably rest inside the crate. Ventilation is also important, since some crates have limited airflow. You may choose a metal, plastic or reinforced fabric crate. You will want to make the choice of a crate material based on your dog’s temperament and behavior. For example, if your dog has a habit of chewing on household objects and furniture, you may want to invest in a metal crate.
Making the Crate Comfortable
In order to make the crate more appealing to your dog, try to establish it as a place of sanctuary, comfort and rest. Place bedding material on the bottom of the crate, so that your dog can lie down comfortably. You may also want to place toys or treats inside the crate, to make your dog feel more at home.
Getting your Dog into the Crate
To entice your dog to enter the crate, try using food-based treats at first. Place a treat at the entrance of the crate, and allow your dog to investigate the area. Once they are comfortable being in the same room as the crate, then try to place a treat inside the crate. Don’t shut the door while your dog is inside the crate (during early training).