The crate is a commonly used and versatile training tool in a dog owner’s collection. For this reason, we’ll be discussing the variety of its aspects. Whether you are strongly considering a crate for your dog training (or despise using one)—it’s alright. Our focus has little to do with changing your mind. In fact, you will find alternatives to the crate that can accomplish the task—only with a bit more work and creativity.
All about crate training
Some people refer to it as a kennel or cage, but we find that most of them do not allow it the glory it deserves. In essence, most dog owners are new to using the humble dog crate and worry about the perception of confining their dog in a cage. For most of them, this seems cruel and scary. But for others, the crate is like another usual tool they throw in their animal, close the door, and hope everything turns out right, even without the necessary prep work.
But regardless, our research finds crates as ultimate training tools, pretty helpful for anyone proposing to keep their pups for years to come. What’s more, we frequently put them to work in different ways whenever our behavior patients have a treatment plan.
Today, our post will run through multiple reasons a crate can be a viable training option for your pup and offer practical approaches to ensure your animal loves one and stays in comfortably.
Reasons your dog needs crate training
Given that it’s the first most important question, we will explore it. Why stress yourself training your dog to stay in its cage in the first place? You especially like how he interacts freely with the rest of the family—and you can’t wait to free him whenever need be. What’s more, you can’t afford to close him up in a crate to free the way–right?
To clarify these matters, we discourage caging the animal for convenience purposes. That is when you don’t want your dog around or are using a crate as a substitute for mental stimulation and appropriate exercise. However, there are reasonable ways you can use a crate to boost safety and improve the quality of life for everyone.
Here are examples:
Puppies that have little housetraining need a safety net to keep them from house accidents. That’s especially helpful when you are unable to supervise your dog. And once you confine them in a small area, most puppies tend to behave themselves, avoiding pooping or peeing, so they don’t lay or stand on their mess.
Safety for youngsters
While it’s a normal phenomenon for adolescent dogs and puppies to dig, chew and explore, they are likely to encounter problems during these activities, especially when you leave them alone at home with no supervision. It’s not unusual for homeowners to return home and find their sofas in tatters or their trash can in a mess with its content spilling all over the space. In any of such scenarios, the crate proves useful. It provides a comfortable and safe space for young dogs. And until your puppy is old enough to walk freely in the house, the crate holds them up all day long.
Having a pup who cherishes their crate is a huge plus if you love travels and hotel stays. When on the road, the crate provides a safe space for your puppy—not to mention its portability. And for your dog, the crate offers a familiar and comfy space that smells and feels like home (regardless of the location).
There is a high likelihood that at some point, you’ll have to take your dog to the vet’s office for more than just a quick checkup. For instance, your dog might have to be hospitalized following a severe illness. On other occasions, he may need surgery to address a broken bone. It is mandatory to have a crate for your dog’s resting space for these and other possible injuries. That’s because most of the treatment plans for your pup require days—even weeks—of resting. And if your dog loves staying in its crate, the situation becomes less troublesome for the involved parties.
What crate should you buy?
Those who’ve been in the pet store know the complications involved in choosing the right crate. In essence, there are multiple choices, from wire crates and plastic crates to high-security crates made of metal. And others like collapsible fabric that is specially designed to sit in cars. Still, you’ll find fancy crates made of quality furniture customized for living rooms.
This long-range can be overwhelming, often intimidating if you look close enough. If it’s your first experience purchasing a crate, we generally recommend starting with a basic wire crate. These crates are pretty sturdy and allow proper airflow. That aspect protects the environment from excessive heat or stuffiness. And if you are running out of space, they can fit in the available space—given their petite nature. Also, wire crates are relatively more likely to be available in a nearby pet store.
Fabric crates are befitting options for traveling for most people — following their lightweight and ability to fold up easily. However, if your dog or puppy is unusually relaxed or calm while inside a crate, we don’t recommend the fabric style. Dogs can easily break out of these cages when excited or upset. And if your puppy is idle and bored, they can readily chew holes through. That’s why we advise dog owners to leverage the wire crate variety, then migrate to the fabric style once they are content their dog is ready.
Other crate varieties such as fiberglass kennels and plastics are mostly applicable for airline travel. Although you can still purchase them for home use, they are tough to move around given their heavyweight, bulkiness, and inability to collapse.
How to crate train?
When your dog enters the crate, avoid shutting the door immediately. That may discourage him from getting into the cage in the future or make him anxious. Instead, give him space and let him maneuver in and out of the cage, enjoying the treat and jumping out as he pleases. And if your dog is anxious and refuses to get in the cage, place treats they like at the entrance and proceed by placing more beyond the door once they are comfortable.
Always seek expert help
Repeat this practice severally within the first day, occasionally leaving the door open so your dog can freely move in and out of the crate. With time, your dog should start having a positive association with the cage—especially finding the ready treats. If you need more help on effective crate training strategies, visit https://www.https://ridgesidek9norcal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/boarding-chico.jpgnorcal.com/.
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