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5 Rules Of Crate Training

Jul 7, 2008
Dogs love routine! They seek and require structure and rules. Knowing the rules and having structure leads to a balanced mind, happy disposition, and healthy body. And a balanced dog is an asset to the family. Knowing the rules of crate training can provide the structure for balance for a new puppy, an adult dog from a shelter, or an elderly dog from a rescue organization.

Having a clear picture of the rules of crate training and the positive experience you expect to happen will help you in introducing your dog to his crate. Crate training is important as it will insure your dog is not stressed out when he has to travel and also gives him a "place of his own" inside your home. Just like any other type of training, crate training has some rules that you should follow in order to be successful. Below are the 5 rules of crate training.

1. Your dog should associate the crate with safety and comfort, so never use it for punishment because this will make your dog want to avoid the crate instead of making him want to go in it.

2. Gradually introducing your dog to his crate is the best course of action. Don't push him to go in there too much at first. You might try just putting the crate out and seeing how he reacts. When your dog does go in the crate, be sure to reward him for his good behavior.

3. Do not place your dog into the crate until he or she has gotten an opportunity to go outside and do its business. It's not fair to expect a dog to "hold it", especially a puppy who may be physically unable to hold it. Urinating in the crate will reinforce a negative experience.

4. As soon as you let your dog out of the crate, be sure you take him outside to do his "business". This will establish a good routine and can help immensely with potty training.

5. Never put your dog in the crate if he is stressed, anxious or scared. In fact, going into the crate should be your dogs idea. You want him to feel like it is a safe haven from him to go to, otherwise he won't want to be in there.

Following these rules of crate training can help you to easily train your dog to love going into his crate. They will insure that he sees the crate as a safe haven and will easily go in there on command any time you want.
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