One of the VERY most important things you will ever do for your dog or puppy is crate training. It is a benefit to puppies for house breaking but will be an immense help later in life if you travel or ever have to take your dog to the vet. Crate training teaches your dog to be comfortable and feel safe in his special space.
Getting your dog to love his crate should be one the very first behaviors you teach. Whether it’s a new dog to your home, irrelevant if it’s a puppy or an adult dog. Using crate training as a positive experience makes the dog feel comfortable and protects him from getting into trouble. Don’t use the crate as a punishment as this sets a negative precedent in the dog’s mind about the crate. His crate is his special place.
In the video below I break crate training down into very simple lessons:
- Getting Your Dog into his Crate.
- Getting Him to Enjoy His Crate.
- When to Close the Door.
- Releasing Him from the Crate …. and much more.
This video should give you every detail you need to understand how important crate training is for your dog. I suggest to all of my clients that they crate train their dog.
- Should ever end up at the vet, they will be placed into a kennel or crate.
- If you have made it a positive experience then the dog will not be upset at the vet.
- When traveling your dog should be in a car crate if at all possible – teach him crate training at home and he will understand that the crate is a safe and fun place. At a hotel, I highly suggest you crate your dog so that the maid doesn’t accidentally let your dog out – a fate that could cost him his life.
The work you put into your dog will equal the benefits of an amazing life-long relationship with him or her. Please, if you think crate training is a negative experience for your dog, watch this video and see how Jimi loves his crate because great things always happen in his crate including treats, love and big time rewards.
This is one of the most important videos to watch to help your dog!