Crate Training Your Dog
Dogs are naturally den animals, meaning that they feel comfortable in a small area they consider safe. Crate training your dog should be a positive experience used to their benefit, never as punishment.
You should take the proper care to get a crate that is suited for your dog’s size. It should be large enough that they can stand up and turn around in. You can get a larger crate that your puppy can grow into and just block off some of the crate until they grow.
There are many reasons why you might want to crate train your dog
- You have a new dog you are training and want to create a routine
- Your dog has behavioral issues such as eating shoes or tearing up the couch
- Traveling with your dog in a crate is easier if they are already used to the crate
- The crate discourages them from going to the bathroom inside the house
Your dog should not be kept in their crate for more than a few hours. Puppies should only be crated for 2-3 hours and adult dogs no more than 4 hours. If you must crate them for a long time, such as while you are at work, make sure you can have someone come by to let your dog out for some exercise.
Some dogs are more averse to crates than others, so be sensitive to this (especially rescue dogs or any dog that spent a lot of time in a cage). You should always strive to make the training experience positive. Any negative actions you take will only make the process more difficult and stresses out your dog.
Crating your dog is also not the proper way to solve their separation anxiety since they might harm themselves trying to get out of the crate when you’re gone. Some dogs have hurt themselves trying to chew out of a crate
Below you will find a guide to crate training your dog the proper way. As with any type of training, never force your dog to do anything they are visibly uncomfortable with. Treat this as another way to bond with your dog!