All about crate training dogs
It is said that wolves are the dogs' ancestors of old. This may or may not be factual but it still stands true that dogs are animals who lived in the open spaces before we adopted them into our homes. In the wild where there are dangers and perils at every turn- these dogs found caves and dens as a shelter and nesting area. This is the foundation of training dogs to use their crates in stressful and overly busy environments
Crate training has proven extremely helpful in relieving dogs of the stress of a busy household. They also aid in house training dogs, containing them in an area where they would do least damage. Pet owners would benefit from having the crate to protect puppies from harming themselves. Should you decide on traveling long distances or going to the vet, having dogs that are crate-trained will significantly lessen stress on the family and the dog itself.
Not all animals are suitable to be crate trained. There are some dogs that may have had serious trauma in the past and cannot be put near a confined box without becoming exceptionally upset. Other large dogs that have difficulty in being trained will just break the crate. They will hurt themselves when they panic at the door closing in. Sometimes, people are just not comfortable with the thought of living, breathing animals being shut in a crate.
Crate training dogs depends largely on how the dog owner feels about the matter at hand. If a dog in a box is distressing to you then don't push through with this. However, if you feel that you and your dog will be better off having some space and disciple that crate training can give you, then continue reading this article for helpful tips on the best way to go about doing this.
Find a good location, a room in your house that would be close to people. Make sure that the crate is large enough and begin to put toys and interesting things in. When the dog is inside, don't close the door yet. Pet and talk to the dog reassuringly for a few days. Feed him in the crate. Then start closing the crate for short periods of time while youre still in the room. If the dog whimpers or whines, wait for him to be quiet. You can let him out after he settles down. Most importantly, do not hurry the process of introducing this concept to your pet. It can understandably be a little frightening at first so a bit of patience is required.
This should be a calming and de-stressing place for your dog so never send him to his crate as punishment. When the dog is finally comfortable being closed in the crate alone, you can try leaving the house in short intervals to see how well he responds. If all is fine, you have successfully crate trained your dog. Not only will you free yourself from constantly worrying about your pets needs and whereabouts; your dog will have his own haven of peace and safety from the rest of the world.