Dog Crates and Crate Training
and Crate Training
Most of today’s
dog experts agree that dog crates and proper crate training are an essential
part of successfully house training your dog.
many different kinds of dog crate, but the most common type is the metal
"cage" style, which can be easily put together, and has a door
that can be left open or closed.
idea of "caging" a dog isn’t appealing to many owners, it should
not be thought of in this way. The wild ancestors of domesticated dogs
lived in dens, providing protection and psychological comfort. This instinct
has carried over to our pets, and therefore take comfort in this same
style of space; a little spot that the dog can call his own. Dogs
without crates tend to seek out similar spots like under tables or chairs
to make up for the lack of a "den".
is an instinctive thing for your dog to use a crate, crate training isn’t
all that difficult; especially when you start from puppy-hood. However,
this isn’t to say that a small amount of training isn’t needed.
begin, you need to make certain that you have the right crate for your
pooch. To begin with, you’ll want to choose a crate for the size that
your puppy will be when he or she grows up. You can make a big crate smaller
by blocking off a section, but you cannot make a small crate bigger when
he or she grows out of it in 6 months time.
As with pretty
much everything you provide your puppy, it should be virtually indestructible,
including the partition you make to block off the part of the crate that
won’t be needed until he or she gets older. The partition can be made
out of something such as plywood if the dog crate doesn’t actually come
with one. It is important that you use the partition to make sure the
crate "fits" because the dog will soil a crate that has excess
of thumb is that your dog crate should be one and one half times the length
of your adult dog. This way, your dog will be able to stand, turn around,
and lie down in a comfortable position.
should help you to judge the size of your dog crate:
Depth = 24", Weight of Dog = up to 25 pounds
Depth = 30", Weight of Dog = up to 40 pounds
Depth = 36", Weight of Dog = up to 70 pounds
Depth = 42", Weight of Dog = up to 90 pounds
Depth = 48", Weight of Dog = up to 110 pounds
Depth = 54", Weight of Dog = over 110 pounds
crate already in your house when you bring your dog home for the first
time will make crate training extremely easy. It will establish the space
as somewhere safe that he or she can use for security and rest.
that you don’t touch your dog or fuss over him or her while inside the
crate (unless it is an emergency or for health reasons). The dog should
recognize this space as his own – like a bedroom – and he should
know that when he goes there, he won’t be disturbed.
is the best place in the house for your dog crate, because it has the
highest amount of traffic – so your dog can "keep tabs" on the
goings on of the family – and because the kitchen floor is usually one
of the most washable in the house.
All you really
need to do to set up a crate is to put it together, put his bed
inside, and add a few toys. Try to make these items smell like either
you or the dog so that it will feel more comforting when he is just
the crate should never be used to punish your dog, and he should never
be shouted at when inside. If it is seen as a place of security, he
will enjoy going there.
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