11 March 2022
Many pet owners feel sorry for putting their dogs in crates. It doesn’t seem right to lock a family member up behind bars. But crate training your dog is actually more beneficial for both you and your dog than you might think.
Here’s why vets recommend crate training your dog.
Now that you’ve decided to crate train your dog, it’s time to start the actual training.
STEP 1: Introduce the crate gradually.
Put treats inside the crate to coax your dog to get inside by himself. Keep the door open so he can leave any time instead of locking him up for hours immediately.
STEP 2; Use cues for going in and out of the crate.
When your dog willingly goes in the crate, use cues such as “crate” or “inside” so he associates those words with getting in the crate. Use “out” or “go” as cues for going out.
STEP 3: Gradually increase the duration.
Start by leaving your dog in the crate for a few minutes until he becomes more comfortable. Then, you can extend it up to an hour or longer.
STEP 4: Create a positive association with the crate.
The most important thing to remember is that your dog should never fear the crate for any reason. Always give him treats and pet him for good behavior.
Crate training may not be the most fun activity to do with your dog, but your future self will surely thank you for crate training him regardless. Just follow our guide to crate training your dog and your life as a fur parent will become easier in no time.