Dogs need their own safe place to call home and relax. An owner’s house might be a place to roam, but it’s not the den that dogs crave. The crate satisfies a dog’s longing for a den, and along with its many other uses provides comfort to them. All puppies should be taught to enjoy residing in their crate and know that it is a safe haven for them, so it is important never to use it for punishment.
Before you begin crate training give your dog a couple of days to adjust to his new home and surroundings. Crate training can be trained for a dog of any age. A dog’s love for their crate is healthy and assists you in taking care of him or her throughout their lifetime.
Try to limit your puppy’s time in the crate to around one hour per session. Never leave your adult dog in a crate for longer than five hours without providing them time outside of the crate. As your puppy matures and has learned proper dog etiquette (not chewing everything in sight), is housetrained, and can be trusted to run freely around your house, you can then leave the door open so that they can use it for their private bungalow to come and go as they choose.
I have listed below the benefits of crate, things to avoid, types, furnishings, the steps to crate train your dog, and troubleshooting, Godspeed.
Benefits of the Crate
– It aids in housetraining because dogs are reluctant to soil their own sleeping area.
– Acts as a mobile doghouse for trips via car, airplane, train and then to be used at destinations such as motels, and foreign houses.
– The mobility can be utilized inside your own home by being moved throughout the house. *Especially beneficial during housetraining when you want your puppy near you.
– Can reduce separation anxiety.
– Keep your dog out of harm’s way.
– Assists in chew-toy addiction.
– Aids your puppy in calming and quieting down.
Until he or she has learned that chewing, tearing, ripping of household and human items is forbidden, the crate keeps your dog shortly separated from destruction of those items.
Things to Avoid
– Do not use the crate as punishment. If used in this manner it will defeat the purpose and cause your dog to fear the crate instead of love it.
– Avoid lengthy crating sessions. Long periods in the crate defer socialization, exercise, and lend to doggy depression, anxiousness, and anxiety.
– Puppies have an issue holding their need to eliminate waste. Young puppies tend to go hourly, but as they mature, the time between elimination lengthens. Keep this in mind for puppies and adult dogs, and always schedule elimination breaks. Set a timer to remind you to let your dog outdoors.
A good rule of thumb for elimination intervals is as follows, up to six weeks of age – elimination every hour, at two months of age – around two to three hours, at three months – four hours, four months and up – around five hours. These times will vary with individual dogs.
If you are housetraining an adult dog, he or she might be able to hold their bowels longer, but have not yet learned that they are required to wait and go outdoors.
– Soiled items. Quickly remove and clean any soiled items inside the crate, and thoroughly clean the crate with a non-toxic cleaner that will erase any signs of elimination. Dogs are creatures of habit and will think it is okay to eliminate where they have previously eliminated.
– Avoid crating your dog when your dog has not recently eliminated waste.
– Avoid continued involuntary crating after your puppy is housetrained and he or she understands that damaging human property is forbidden; instead only use the crate when necessary.