Crate training your dog is an important part of pet ownership as it gives your dog a safe place to go and helps with the housebreaking process. New pet owners might think that crating their dogs is cruel but nothing could be further from the truth as most dogs love their crates once they get used to them. You might be intimidated with crate training but this is unnecessary since dogs are fast learners and they love to please their owners. Usually after a couple tries most dogs will take to their crates easily.
Using a crate has many advantages for both dogs and their owners. Of course you will want to buy a crate that is the right style, material and size for your pet. You want to be sure the dog has room to stand up, stretchy out and turn around inside the crate and that you can also easily fit a dog bed, plus food and water bowls.
You want to start crate training right when you get the dog home. Introduce him to his crate gently on the first night. Dont force him in but do entice him with treats and kind words. Once your dog is inside, pet him and make him feel comfortable. Of course, lots of praise is in order so that your dog knows he has done something good. Do this for about a week and then start putting him in as needed when you leave for work. If they are too scared, try doing it in intervals of every two hours. This usually lets them realize the owner is close by and relaxes them so they do not mind being in there for a longer length of time the next time it is tried.
Crate training with help quite a big with housebreaking because pets do not urinate where they sleep. Therefore, unless left for hours on end they will not urinate in the crate. To prevent them from doing so when they are first released from the crate, take them straight outdoors as soon as the door opens to release them. This makes will help your dog to understand that once they are released from the crate they are to go outdoors to take care of business. Reward them for a job well done.
Since dogs will not soil their crate, you need to be sure that you dont leave your pet in one for an unreasonable length of time. While crate training in itself is not cruel, it would be quite cruel to leave a dog in the crate for 12 hours and expect him to hold it. Therefore, if you are going to be gone for any more than 8 hours, I would not recommend confining your dog to the crate during that time.
Once house training starts do not let the pet outside to take care of business by themselves. They may decide to enter a yard next door or not go at all. When that happens, they may come inside and decide to use an expensive rug purchased last year. Animals have to be watched when trained. Otherwise, they think they can get away with anything. And, of course, you need to be there to praise your pet when he does his business outside so that he knows this is the desired behavior.
Some dogs can be difficult to crate train, especially if they have had a bad experience with a crate before. Like most training this is where the trainer must have patience and be persistent. Start off slowly and work your way up to being able to leave your pet in the crate. You might want to put a special treat or toy inside the crate to lure him in but dont shut him in there at first. He may just poke his head in and grab the treat the first couple of times but once he gets more used to going near and inside the crate, you will probably find he goes in for longer periods of time. The key is to make sure he feels comfortable inside the crate at all times and never yell or punish your dog as that will cause him to have unpleasant associations with the crate.
Crate training your dog is a must for any pet owner as this will allow you to have a safe place to keep your pet during travel, moves, parties and even when you are not home. When done properly your dog will love you for it as it gives him a place that he can call his own and feel safe and sound in!