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How to crate train a dog?

Updated on June 21, 2009

Domestication has not totally removed the primitive behaviors of dogs. Dogs in the wild bury bones to hide their food from other canines and from predators. Burying bones is still being done by domesticated dogs. Dogs in the wild are accustomed to living in dens. This behavior makes crate training easier. To a dog, a crate would be similar to a den-like enclosure that will give the dog a sense of security. Trainings are vital to develop the dog into an ideal well mannered pet. One of these training is crate training.

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When you crate train a dog, you are basically teaching the dog to use and to perceive the crate as a place of its own…a place where he can be comfortable, safe and secure. There are several advantages in crate training the dog. For dogs that are often left alone at home crate training will provide the owner with the peace of mind.  A dog that is inside the crate will not be destructive. Crate training will lessen separation anxiety given that the dog is accustomed to being left in the crate. This training will be a good housebreaking tool as well. Dogs are noted to be reluctant to soil their sleeping quarters with their excrements. Crate training is most useful for owners that take the dog when they travel. The crate will be the dog’s mobile dog house that can be brought anywhere.

Dogs though are energetic animals and when crate training is done incorrectly the mere sight of a crate would make the dog cringe. A puppy that is introduced to a crate will perceive their crate as an ideal place to hang out. This means that the dog will enter the crate on its own even without being lured by treats. Crate training must be a positive experience for the dog thus the crate must never be used to punish the dog. Crate training is best started while the dog is still a puppy. Make the crate comfortable by furnishing it with the dog’s favorite blanket and toys. Place bits of treats at the door of the crate to entice the dog to investigate the crate. Water and food bowls beside the crate will assure the dog that the crate is not an “enemy”. Leave the door of the crate open so as to allow to dog to come and go as it pleases. Let the dog stay inside the crate for 20 to 30 minutes a day while it is being trained. But make sure that while the dog is confined you are there to provide the pet company.

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    • Suhail and my dog profile image

      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 7 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Very informative and helpful tips in this article.

    • Beege215e profile image

      Beege215e 7 years ago

      Great hub, thanks. My puppy loves his cage.