There are many arguments against crate training. For some people it seems to conjure up feelings of imprisonment and cruelty. They just see it as a dog cage… To the contrary, crate training can not only be useful tool for all sorts of behavioral training, but it can also give your dog some personal space in your home. In this article, we’re going to help you train your dog to love the crate!
First and foremost, the crate is somewhere Fido can go and not be bothered. He can stay out the reach of the kids, visitors, and run there to enjoy that delicious piece of rawhide. When your dog feels safe in his crate, it can be used as a warm and effective way of house-training. You can use your crate to create a routine for your dog, and restrict access until he understands the house rules.
In addition, a crate can be useful when traveling. A dog that’s crated in the car has better chance of surviving a car accident and no chance of causing one. In addition, you can crate your dog in hotels or when visiting friends and family whose homes are not particularly dog friendly. Also, at some point Fido may get sick or injured, and the crate can be the perfect place to limit his movement to allow for proper healing.
Jackpot. At this point, Fido is taking to the crate nicely, and it’s time to leave him in there for a little while. You need to up the ante here… get a marrow bone, a frozen kong with frozen peanut butter in it, or a bully stick. You need a treat with high value that will last a while. Note that some dogs will be more concerned about getting out than the treat you leave in there. The key here is to leave the dog in the crate regardless at this point. NEVER let the dog out of the crate when they bark or whine. If you do, you’re reinforcing their tendency to bark or whine when you put them in there. Wait a minute or so for them to stop and settle before you let them out again.
In conclusion, If your dog is still giving you a hard time about going in and staying in the crate, I would recommend feeding all meals in the crate and putting the dog’s water bowl in the crate. If your dog won’t go i there to eat, then he’s not really that hungry. Also, give Susan Garrett’s Crate Games a try. It can make the whole experience a game for your dog. Happy Training!