Learn The Benefits of Crate Training your Dog
Are you a new dog owner looking to train a young dog? A lot of owners come to Delaware Valley Dog Training with questions about crate training their pets. Isn’t it lonely in the crate? Doesn’t it seem mean to put your dog in a crate for an extended period? Will it make them antisocial, or on the other side of things, is there any harm to just letting them sleep on the bed?
Crate training has a purpose, and it’s not equivalent to letting your dog sleep in a different spot in your room every part. Part of the purpose of this training is the idea of regimen and restraint. You want your dog to recognize a crate as a sort of cave or den, their own space where they can be comfortable and have quiet time. This will help young puppies organize their activities and aid in other training, such as house breaking. A properly trained dog will look to their crate as a source of comfort and solitude and will eventually be comfortable going in it themselves without prompting.
This is a very good way to start a puppy off, and generally recommended, as it gives the puppy a concept of their own space as well as gives you time for yourself – having a puppy is a round-the-clock job! It may seem mean to keep your dog apart from you, and a lot of dogs begin the process showing signs of anxiety – they might whine or scratch at the gate, but as long as you reward them when they come out and put them in their crate when they need to sleep, they’ll recognize it as their den. Young puppies shouldn’t be left in for more than a few hours, as they’ll need to eat and go to the bathroom more frequently than an adult dog.
Our trainers can answer all your questions about how to get your dog comfortable with their crate. Call Delaware Valley Dog Training to address initial questions about the next steps for your training and meet with one of our specialists, or send us an email message here.