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Crate training puppies

Crate Training Puppies

Crate training dogs is considered by some people to be an important part of house training them.

A dog crate is a rectangular pen which can be made of wire, metal, wood, plastic or a combination of one or more of these materials. The aim of the crate is to provide a secure transient restrictive area for safety, illness, travel or general control.

One advantage of puppy crate training is that pups and dogs do not like to soil the area where they sleep, and they therefore learn to control their bowel and bladder movements because these become associated with going outdoors. This is thought to simplify the whole process of toilet training.

In addition, since the crate can be carried while traveling, the pet can be easily included in family outings instead of being left alone at home. Another important benefit is that the pup also has the feeling of having his own place to retreat when he is tired or ill.

Crate training puppies typically follows a standard sequence. Once the crate has been place in the desired location, a routine needs to be established.

The pup can be put in the enclosure at regular intervals for 1-2 hours a day. Care should be taken that the collar should be removed before putting him into the crate, as it could get entangled in an opening and strangle or otherwise injure the pup.

One must make sure that the crate is placed in a proper location in the house, and that it is of an adequate size for the dog. Never force a dog into her crate, and never use the crate as a punishment. When the crate is new, simply allow the dog to investigate the crate and then lure him in. Persuade the dog into the crate and then entice him with special treats to lie down or relax. Encouragement rather than force is of prime importance. Once the dog accepts the crate as his own place, it will start being a pleasure and the dog will use the crate on his own initiative. It may help to initially place items of your used clothing in the crate, so that the dog has familiar smells and textures. Ensure that the dog’s experience of the crate is always pleasant.

Remember that for a successful dog crate training needs human contact even if he or she is crated. All dogs need adequate play time, training time and time to relax in the company of the family to which they belong.

  Submitted on June 10, 2010  

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