training is a controversial issue. The debate is divided by those
who think that crate training is cruel and those who feel that it
is essential. For the most part, this is more a battle of words
than an real issue. A crate in itself is not cruel. It is the way
that some unethical pet owners choose to use the crate that can
may think that crate training is cruel because a crate looks like
a small prison. Your dog could care less if the crate looks like
a prison or a cute doll house. In fact, if you crate train your
dog properly he will come think of the crate as his own personal
space; a comfortable shelter where he can go when he just wants
to be by himself.
use the crate as a form of punishment. Your dog should not associate
his crate with negative feelings. Remember, the fact that dogs learn
by association goes both ways. The purpose of a crate is to make
your dog feel comfortable about being placed in it. If you force
him he will associate the crate with discomfort. If you crate train
your dog properly he will be happy to spend time in the crate. This
makes things alot easier when your dog has to be confined,
for instance during transportation. If you train your dog to love
his crate there is nothing cruel about the crate because your dog
sees it as his home.
should never confine your dog in his crate for more than a few
hours at a time.
use the crate as a form of punishment and never force him to enter.
your dog feel “at home” in his crate.
to choose the right crate
size of a crate is important, it shouldn’t be too small for obvious
reasons. That said, don’t buy one that is too large either. If the
puppy has sufficient room to both eat and sleep there’s a chance
he will soil the crate. Your dog should just be able to stand up
and turn around in the crate.
your dog where he can and can’t go.
to crate train your dog
training may take a while. From a few days to a few weeks depending
on your dog (and you!). You shouldn’t try and force things, take
things slow and give your dog time to learn.
you start out, you should place the crate somewhere in your home
where your dog feels comfortable.
the crate door opened and make sure that it is securely fastened
so it won’t suddenly slam shut and frighten your dog. Don’t force
him to enter the crate. It is crucial that your dog enters the crate
at his own will.
your dog should associate the crate with something positive. If
you force him to enter the crate he will dislike the crate and you
are not teaching him to enjoy spending time in it.
something inside the crate that is familiar to your dog, such as
his favourite toy, blanket, or maybe even a treat. If your dog still
hesitates and appear sceptic about the crate don’t worry, and don’t
try to force him. Allow him time to become used to it.
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