Shape Your Dog to Love His Crate

By ADDW / March 29, 2019

A dog's den is a dog's home. It is where they feel secure and find comfort. In your apartment, his den becomes his crate.

The main purpose of a crate is house training. However, remember that once a crate is not used correctly, our fur buddies might feel trapped and frustrated.

Here are some useful tips on shaping your dog to love his crate.

Training Your Dog

1. Choose the Right Crate

Choose a crate big enough for your dog to stand up and turn around in, and also to stretch out comfortably when he lies down. Make it inviting with a cushy bed. If your dog’s inclined to chew his bed, get a chew-resistant bed, give it some competition from safe, chewable toys, or use rags and old sheets that your dog can destroy without giving you an aneurysm. 

Source: ​Quick and Dirty Things​​​

2. Introduce Your Dog to the Crate

Place the crate in an area of your house where the family spends a lot of time, such as the family room. Put a soft blanket or towel in the crate. Take the door off and let the dog explore the crate at his leisure. Some dogs will be naturally curious and start sleeping in the crate right away.

Source: ​The Barking Lot​​​

3. Train Your Dog to Love the Crate

When your dog enters her crate to get the treat, say “Yes!” and deliver another treat to her while she’s still inside. If you happen to catch your dog resting on that supercomfy bed you put in the crate, tell her what a good dog she is and drop a treat in with her. You can also feed your dog his meals in the crate. All this sends a simple, clear message: good things happen to dogs inside their crates.

Source: ​Quick and Dirty Things​​​

4. Lengthen the Crating Period

After your dog is eating his regular meals in the crate with no sign of fear or anxiety, you can confine him there for short time periods while you’re home. Call him over to the crate and give him a treat. Give him a command to enter, such as “kennel.” Encourage him by pointing to the inside of the crate with a treat in your hand. After your dog enters the crate, praise him, give him the treat, and close the door.

Source: ​The Barking Lot​​​

5. Crate Your Dog at Night

Put your dog in the crate using your regular command and a treat. Initially, it may be a good idea to put the crate in your bedroom or nearby in a hallway, especially if you have a puppy. Puppies often need to go outside to eliminate during the night, and you’ll want to be able to hear your puppy when he whines to be let outside.

Source: ​The Barking Lot​​​

What You Should Never Do

Crates are a good house-training for your fur buddy. It can be their comfortable, safe place to go, when they are used correctly.

NEVER use a dog crate for punishment! If you do confine them as a punishment, they’ll start to dislike their crate and will then lose the benefit of a place of safety and security all of their own. And you’ll no longer be able to use it for time-outs and management as they’ll start to fear the crate and feel anxious.

Source: ​Labrador Training HQ​​​

Summary

Keeping track with all these tips won't be a problem! Here's your go-to guide on how to shape your dog to love his crate.

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