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Master Crate Training

The Ultimate Guide to Crate Training Your Dog

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Benefits of Crate Training For Your Dog

Crate training offers invaluable benefits, making life easier for your dog during stressful situations. Whether you're traveling on a plane, dealing with fireworks and thunderstorms, recovering from surgery, or moving houses, a crate serves as a secure sanctuary for your dog.

 

When crate training is done right, it provides a safe haven where your dog can retreat and feel protected.

 

Remember, it’s never too late to start crate training and give your dog the comfort and security they deserve.

Setting Up The Crate

Setting up the crate properly is essential for your dog's comfort and sense of security.

 

Start by choosing a crate that is the right size: your dog should be able to stand up comfortably and turn around, but not have too much additional space.

 

Make the crate cozy by adding a roof to cover the top, giving your dog a sheltered feeling. Covering the sides is not necessary, as you want your dog to feel relaxed even when they can see outside the crate.

 

Instead of a bed, use a cozy blanket that can easily be scratched away if it gets too hot.

 

Place the crate in an action-packed area of your home, such as the living area, but away from windows and doors to prevent disturbances from the outside environment.

 

This setup ensures your dog feels comfortable and secure in their crate, making it a positive space for them.

Step-by-Step Crate Training Process

This guide is suitable for dogs who are fulfilled, having had light exercise and interactions with you during the day. It is ideal for dogs that do not suffer from separation problems and have no previous aversive feelings toward the crate. The best time to do crate training is when your dog is tired and content, ensuring they are more receptive to the process.

Day 1 and 2

Make the crate an inviting space by leaving the door wide open, allowing your dog to freely walk in and out. Place their food, treats, toys, and other goodies inside the crate to create positive associations. They may even choose to sleep in it at night, seeing it as a comfortable retreat.

Day 3 and 4

Avoid making your dog feel trapped. Briefly close the crate door while they enjoy a snack inside, then open it as soon as they finish. Repeat this process 15 times throughout the day to help them get used to the door being closed without feeling anxious.

Day 5 and Beyond

Gradually increase the duration the crate door is closed, working up to 45 minutes. Consistently practice this at least twice a week to reinforce their comfort and acceptance of the crate. With patience and consistency, your dog will view the crate as a safe and enjoyable space.

Need Help with Crate Training? Contact Diona for Expert Guidance

If you're having trouble with crate training or need additional guidance, please contact me for a personalised training session. With my tailored approach, you and your dog can overcome any crate training challenges and create a positive and stress-free experience. Don't hesitate to reach out and get the support you need to achieve successful crate training!

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