What is Crate Training?
Well think of is this way….
- You sleep in a crate (your bedroom)
- You live in a crate ( your house)
- You drive a crate
- Your fence is a puppy pen
- The CRATE is a prediction tool
Crate training is normal and natural to help you and your puppy transition to a happier life with you.
Hound Habits can do crate Training for $60 per hour
Crate training doesn’t have to be forever either. What are the benefits of crate training?
- Toilet training is faster
- Sleeping is easier
- Chewing on the incorrect things is cured
- Going to the vet and on holidays is easier
- The dog can see who is the pack leader and where they are in the pack
- The dog can’t kill itself in a crate
- The dog is more settled in general from crate training
- The dog is far more eager to please YOU when out of the crate
- Separation anxiety is banished
- The dog learns independence and to play alone
- Travel is more fluent
How can I make my crate fun and my dog love his crate?
- Feed most meals in the crate in his kong
- New toys in the crate
- Open the crate just before the dog finishes his meal
- Sleep little sessions in the crate in the day so night time is normal (yes, just like a baby!)
- Throw treats in the crate
- Bring the crate in the car, the puppy school and puppy play
- Have his favourite bed in there in the day and towels at night incase of an accident
- Have the crate beside your bed and pop him in there when he is tired
- Every 2 days move the crate 1foot closer to the desired spot for the future
- Play and groom in the crate
- Buy the DVD “Crate Games” by Susan Garret
What happens if he is bad in the crate?
- Throw a heavy blanket over the crate
- When he is quiet lift it off half way
- If he cries again say AAHAAH and cover the crate fully
- What if he is so loud it sounds like he is being murdered? (little dogs)
- With a very well ventilated garage and the windows down a peep the crate in the car in the garage is very quiet to the outside world
- PERSIST it pays off
What to NEVER do when crate training
- NEVER go to, open, “calm” the puppy when he is sad or crying in the crate EVER
- Dont put water in the crate
- Dont put puppy pads in the crate
- Dont put it where its a high traffic area where the puppy can see you all the time
- Never talk sing or baby voice the puppy when he is crying in the crate
- Try and keep sessions in the crate short
What sort of crate should I buy?
- For a puppy a wire crate is best – unless you like washing a lot and the smell of wee
- For a crate trained adult dog a soft crate is a good back up and great for the beach and training in the field
- An airline crate is ok, but the best is wire so the puppy can see out when good