Elvira Donovan. Dog Crates. February 06th , 2018.
If you shout at your dog or smack him and then put him into his crate he will see his crate as a place to be feared: those associations are the last thing you want to create. You dont want your puppy to toddle off into a corner of his crate to go to the toilet, so get a crate with a divider. This can be moved as he grows, and discarded once he is grown and/or completely housetrained. If you are getting a dog crate as a bed for a dog that is already fully grown, make sure the crate is big enough for him to stretch out, stand up and turn around comfortably.
Let him investigate the crate. Just as with a puppy, put in soft bedding and a treat, and let him get used to things while the door remains open. Once he is accustomed to his crate you will most likely find he will take himself off there to sleep or to get away from noisy children or visitors. What should I put in my dogs crate? Put washable bedding perhaps a favorite blanket in the crate to make it comfortable. Put the favorite toy of the moment in as well and perhaps a rawhide bone to chew on.
It also keeps your home from becoming a mess while you are away. Dog crates help with training the new dog or puppy. A crate is usually the safest place for a dog to be. A dog crate can be bought in different sizes. Dogs belonging to different breeds vary in sizes and hence, crates come in different sizes too. For example, a German shepherd or a Saint Bernard would require an extra large dog crate. There are many types of crates available today including the medium crate, large crate and the extra large crate.
These soft dog crates are the lightest and more portable of them, and tend to be more attractive as well. Unfortunately, the fabric in these types does not hold up well to the gnawings of a puppy or a dog struggling to escape its crate. If you are taking in a puppy, or dog that is not already cratetrained, save the soft dog crate for later in life. Once you have a crate in your home, you can begin introducing the dog to its new bedroom. The most important thing to remember here is to make sure that all associations the dog makes with the crate be pleasant ones.
If your dog whines or barks while in its crate, you must neither yell or pound on the crate, nor let the dog out the former will simply scare and confuse the dog, while the latter rewards its bad behavior. Be firm, but loving at all times. By maintaining a positive and consistent course of training, your dog will soon come to understand its dog crate for what it is a cozy private space to call its own. A good quality crate should last through the lifetime of your dog, serving to keep its occupant safe and warm and secure throughout many happy years.
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