WEEKEND CRATE TRAINING PLAN

A few positive aspects to using a crate:

  • Can be used as a training tool for house training, and preventing him from being destructive.

  • As a safe and effective way to transport your dog.

  • Creates a place of their own, which is especially important for dogs with fear and anxiety issues.

 

A few tips about crate training:

  • Never use the crate as a punishment, you do not want your dog to be afraid to go in there.

  • Always associate the crate with something good, feed him in there, give him a special bone, chew, or toy that he only gets when going into the crate.

  • Put the crate somewhere permanent, dogs thrive off of consistency. If you keep the crate in the dining room, your dog will get used to that being “his place”. Once you move it for a dinner party, he will get confused and be unsure of what to do.

  • If your dog is having a lot of trouble adjusting, try a different type such as wire vs plastic. Sometimes this small fix can make a world of difference.

  • Make sure to make it comfortable with blankets, a dog bed, or even a shirt with your scent inside.

  • Always exercise your dog before he goes into his crate. 30-60 minutes of physical exercise, paired with mental stimulation (obedience training, treat games, etc) is preferred.

  • Leave the door to the crate open so that your dog has access to it whenever he wants. He now feels comfortable here, and it will be his safe place if he ever feels uncomfortable, or just wants to take an uninterrupted snooze.

  • Make sure to let your dog out to the bathroom before he goes in and after he comes out of the crate.

 

If your dog suffers from separation anxiety, a crate can be detrimental to their issues depending on the severity. If your dog is having a lot of uses in the crate, defecating or urinating, soaked with saliva, damage to the crate, moving the crate, or excessive howling, please contact us right away.