In this article you will learn exactly how to crate train a puppy or dog, no matter their age or level of previous training.
With that said, I do often recommend crates for those having housebreaking issues but I do not like the idea of putting a dog in a crate all day. While most literature and trainers will say not to crate longer than 8 hours I think even that is excessive. I can see 8 hours as in sleeping through the night but I have a hard time with another 8 all day. Let’s face it, an 8 hour work day plus lunch and commute equals 10 or more hours in the crate. That’s way too much. I only recommend having them sleep in the crate at night, for short periods when you cannot keep an eye on them and maybe in the car for safety reasons. The rest of the time they must be within your site or on leash while in the house. You cannot train a dog how to behave indoors simply by sticking them in a crate. If you have a yard with shelter for the dog you may never need to use a crate which is great, but if you want them to sleep indoors you may find something wet or stinking waiting for you in the morning.
Dog-training expert and owner of , Tom Dokken, knows plenty about what to do to get a puppy to understand commands and his answer for how to effectively and quickly crate-train a puppy was pretty straightforward, “The kennel should be a positive place, not a negative place. So I don’t like to use the kennel as a form of punishment because he’ll quickly associate it with negativity. Instead, I like to feed the dog in his kennel. For most sporting dogs, where they get to eat is where they’ll be happy, so this is a good start.
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Most dog trainers, veterinarians and other pet professionals agree that crate training is, hands-down, the most effective way to housebreak your dog if you’re teaching him to relieve himself outside. It can also be a helpful part of an program for dogs who will be papertrained or litter box trained, so let’s talk about how to crate train!When your dog is being crate trained, keeping him on a good schedule is critical. He should be taken our regularly and given the chance to eliminate in his potty area. To get an idea of how frequently he’ll need a potty trip, refer to the chart below. Keep in mind that these are general guidelines, and you may find that your dog needs to be taken out more or less frequently.Many people refuse to crate or kennel-train their dogs because they feel the confinement is cruel. However, a crate or kennel can give dogs a sense of security. Crate training done properly is also a highly effective management system that can be a lifesaver for dog owners. Like any training method, crating can be abused, but using a crate for appropriate time periods is helpful with a variety of important goals, including house training, preventing destructive , and teaching a dog to settle and relax.An occasional dog may not tolerate crate training, and may continue to show anxiety or even eliminate when confined. These dogs may adapt better to other types of confinement such as a pen, dog run, small room, or barricaded area (e.g., using a child gate). Of course, if the dog is being left alone for longer than it can control (hold in) its elimination, it will be necessary to provide an area much larger than a cage, so that the pet has a location on which to eliminate, away from its food and bedding.
Continued anxiety, destruction or vocalization when placed in the crate may indicate separation anxiety. The intervention of a behaviorist may be needed.