Crate training is a useful tool for both you and your dog. Not all dogs make it easy to crate train, though. Follow along with these tips and tricks for crate training to help get you through this process.
Whenever you would like your dog or puppy to enter the crate, use positive reinforcement. You can use a pleasant tone of voice, their favorite treats, and praise for the puppy after they walk in. Another positive association to try is allowing them to eat in their crate with the door open. This creates a positive mindset between the crate and food.
A good rule to use is that the dog should have enough room to stand up and turn around, and that’s it.
The Correct Sized Crate
If your bed was too small, would you want to sleep on it anymore, or would you go out and buy yourself another one so you can rest comfortably? You’d go and buy a new one. If the crate size is too small for your dog, they won’t be comfortable or willingly go into it.
At the same time, don’t allow the crate to be too large. If it’s too large, they will consider it to be a place to sleep as well as a place to use the restroom. You want your puppy to only associate sleeping with the crate. A good rule to use is that the dog should have enough room to stand up and turn around, and that’s it.
Tire Out Your Dog
Playing a rigorous game of fetch or tug of war to wear your dog out can help them settle into their crate. They will fall fast asleep in their crate when they’re tired out. This is a good thing to remember as your dog grows because you can usually solve a dog’s problematic behavior with more stimulation and exercise.
Make the Crate Cozy
Adding a blanket or a comfortable dog bed will make the crate relaxing and cozy for your puppy. This will also make the crate look appealing to your dog. Add in one of their favorite toys and a sweatshirt or shirt of yours, so they have your scent. As their owner, you want to make the environment inviting and calm.
These are a few tips and tricks for crate training your dog that can help make the process smoother.
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