How To Crate Train A Dog
Those who have attempted to train a new puppy or perhaps even a full grown dog know the difficulties of crate training. Crate training may be a very difficult task, however, with some simple techniques and tips such as treating and praising your pup for using its new haven, the task may become a bit easier and perhaps a bit more rewarding. Hear in this four-minute video, you will find just such tips.
Hi. My name is Stan Rawlinson, I am a Dog Behaviorist and Obedience Trainer. This is Charley.
He is a cross Jack Russel-Dachshund and he is one of my rescue dogs, I have four dogs in total. Today, I am going to be talking about how to crate train a dog and how important it is. This is a crate.
They come in numerous sizes and different types. This is a plastic one with a metal door on it. This would be for a small puppy or a very small dog, something like a Chihuahua or a very small Jack Russel.
They also come in different types. You've got the wire mesh one that collapses down, this doesn't obviously collapse down the same way, but it's covered. The mesh ones are not covered.
And that means it would be better if you put a blanket over it and make a den out of it. A den will make the dog feel far more comfortable so your best bet is, if you have a wire crate, just to put a blanket over the top of it. In a while, dogs will generally search out an area which is secure.
And at night when it goes to sleep, it will crawl backwards into a bowl of a tree or into a little cave. You're creating the same thing here. Because it's got bars on it, don't imagine for one moment that it is a prison.
It isn't a prison. It is a den. Now, why they're important: If your dog is ill or injured in any way or form and it's taken to the vet, the first thing is will put it into a crate.
If it had never been in a crate before, what's going to happen, it is going to feel distressed at the time when it's ill as well, or it's injured. Secondly, if you want to travel around and the dog is secure in the car a crate is a brilliant way. And thirdly, these are the best ways of teaching a dog to toilet.
If you're going to do it from a puppy, what you must do is never shut the door when a dog is really young. Between eight weeks and twelve weeks, keep the door open. If you need to, put around the crate a little playpen with some toileting areas which is news paper just outside of it and allow it to come out.
After that you can start shifting the dog gradually. Feed the dog in there for the first couple of days and sometimes weeks. When the dog goes in, let it find a treat.
Put some toys in there. Put a nice little bed on some other soft towelling so it can go in there and feel comfortable. Praise it when it goes in there, and never, ever, ever put it in there as punishment.
That's its haven; that is not a prison. Vitally important that that doesn't happen. Once you've started toilet training and the dog starts getting used to it and goes to sleep, just shut the door for thirty seconds to a couple of minutes.
And then, open the door and let it out. As the dog goes to sleep, leave it longer. When the dog wakes up its closed, watch the dog, open the door, and let the dog out.
Praise it for that and gradually you can build up to shutting the door sometimes during the day and for overnight when the dog gets to twelve to fourteen weeks. It cannot hold itself before that age and you would be cruel to shut the door before that. This is a great instrument.
This is a great thing for dogs. It can make them feel far more secure and comfortable in your home and I cannot recommend them more highly. But you need to get the dog used to it.
Vitally important. So, remember feed the dog in there, put water in there for it. Put treats so it finds it in and don't suddenly lock the door when you put it in because the dog will panic.
Once it has gotten used to it will love the crate. I promise you it will really like it. Best luck with your dog! .