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Effective Crate Training For Your Puppy Or Dog: Secrets From A Pet Expert

May 2, 2008
Any dog that enters a new home needs to learn the rules. Before those rules are ingrained in your dog, you'll need to ensure that he does not wreak havoc on his environment by going potty in unacceptable places, chewing and destroying household items, or misbehaving in other undesirable ways. Allowing a dog to behave badly, even for a little while, may mean that the behavior will be harder to break when you finally get down to it.

One of the most effective ways to train a dog is to use crate training.

Many dog training experts have heard pet owners complain that it's cruel to put a dog into a cage. This is the wrong way to look at crate training. Providing a crate for your dog may actually be doing him a favor. Dogs are den animals and actually prefer to have a secure place of their own to retreat to when they're tired, stressed, or just want to be alone. If you crate train your dog properly, he'll happily spend time inside this den-like environment.

Some dog owners are surprised how much their dogs really do like their crates. Many owners have told stories about how they would look all over for their dog and would eventually find him cuddled up with his favorite blanket and toys in his crate, sleeping soundly. Just like people prefer to have someplace that belongs just to them, dogs enjoy their own personal space too.

Crates are usually plastic or wire metal and are sometimes collapsible. In addition to providing you dog with a room of his own, the crate can be used to transport him and give him a suitable place to hang out when it may not be appropriate for him to be moving about the house (such as when you have company or are hosting a social event). It is also appropriate to take your dog's crate on vacation with you so that he can continue to take advantage of his safe place especially during a sometimes stressful event such as traveling.

Providing a crate for your dog is simple and takes only a little bit of time and effort to implement. The first consideration should be size. The crate should be large enough for your dog to stand up in, turn around, and lie down comfortably. You should never purchase a small cage for a large dog or a large cage for a small dog. Your dog can only experience a den-like Zen in a crate that is the proper size.

Your dog should always have water when he's in his crate. Many newer models offer the option of purchasing bowls that attach to the side of the crate. This brings the bowls up to a manageable level for the dog and keeps the water off the floor of the crate so that it doesn't get spilled by a clumsy dog or a dog that is hopping around, excited when you get home.

During the training process, a crate can be an invaluable tool. Dogs will rarely eliminate where they sleep and they have few ways to get into trouble while in their crate. With such limited opportunity for bad behavior, you won't have to worry about trying to break your new friend of undesirable habits that form as a result of having access to lots of things to chew and ruin.

Providing your dog with a crate tells him that "this is your space". He will quickly learn to appreciate his own personal area and will even respond to the simple command of "go to your room" or "kennel up" with a bit of practice. This simple aspect of dog management can provide both you and your dog with peace of mind and a sense of comfort.
About the Author
About the author: Ron Ayalon is an accomplished Internet marketer and educator, focusing on the pet industry and unique websites for building successful pet businesses on the Internet at: Petwebdesigner.com For a limited time, you can get your Puppy Paper news on pet health, training, nutrition and pet food absolutely free at: PuppyPaper.com
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