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Tips on crate training your dog

Crate training a dog takes a few key element, including tools such as toys, food, and the right crate, but the most important is having a strong sense of patience. There are a lot of reasons for crate training a dog, such as making sure that they're safe and secure when they're left alone. A crate should be a secure feeling place for a dog and should never be used as a punishment.

When you start to crate train your dog you will need to be patient. Some dogs absolutely love being able to get into their crate. They look upon it as their very own "den", but others will not like feeling enclosed. It may take a few weeks to manage the basics of crate training but with persistence it should turn out quite well.

Don't be afraid to take crate training slowly at first while you and your dog get used to it. Do not place the dog in the crate and slam the door shut. Unless you make crate training comfortable for the dog, the situation won't be a pleasant one for either of you.

Make sure that the crate is located somewhere you spend a lot of your time. Be sure to cushion the bottom of the crate with soft blankets or even an old soft robe that has your scent on it.

Try patting the inside of the crate while you talk to the dog to get it to first enter the crate. If your dog appears reluctant, you might consider putting some of your food or a small treat inside. If the dog goes inside the crate, do not close the door. Let it leave if it wants to, and make sure to praise it while it's inside. If necessary, you might need to even create a small trail of treats leading into the crate, placing each one a little closer to the entrance then a little further into the box.

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