Crate Training Your Dog

A crate is an excellent solution for keeping your dog out trouble while they cannot be actively supervised. Dogs are denning animals and like to feel secure in a space that is theirs. Crate training must be done properly to ensure that his crate is a place that your dog loves to go. It should never be used as punishment or imprisonment.

To crate train your dog:

  • Feed him his dinner in the crate every day for a week, initially leaving the door open. It is a good idea to give your dog a kong stuffed with his dinner (plus something gooey like peanut butter or plain yoghurt mixed in) so that he has his mind on something else while in the crate. This will help to create a good association with the crate.
  • Once he is willingly entering the crate close the door for just a second and open it again as he is eating his dinner.
  • Slowly (over a period of 1 week) increase the time that the crate door remains closed. Leave him in his crate for short periods to begin with and then longer periods as he gets comfortable.
  • At first, remain in the room with him as he chews on his kong. Gradually start to leave the room for short periods of time to get him used to being alone in the crate.
  • Remember, going into the crate should be associated with good things – treats, a stuffed chew toy, a pigs ear etc
  • Coming out of the crate must be boring! Don’t make a fuss of your dog as he exits the crate. Try and create a distinction between entering the crate - which is fun because they get a chew toy – and exiting the crate - which is boring!
  • Never open the door if he is barking or scratching at the door as this will only reward his barking! As with all training, ignore behaviour you don’t want, reward behaviour you do want.
  • If your dog is reluctant to enter the crate, try putting some yummy treats inside while he is watching and then shut the door so he can’t get in. This will increase his motivation and curiosity to enter the crate once you open the door. Never force your dog into the crate.
  • Never leave your dog in their crate for more than 3-4 hours during the day. Set up a larger space for him if you need to leave him for longer than this.

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