Crate Training is the process of getting your dog to enjoy being in a crate. This will eventually become their safe environment or their sanctuary. It is never too early to let your pup join in on puppy training classes in Sydney to help them ease up on the idea of using the crate. It is suitable for both puppies and older dogs.
Dogs are the kind of animals which likes having a den or as a safety spot. This is why it is important to choose the right crate for your dog so they may see it as their den and their go-to-spot. Having a crate gives your dog a place to go whenever they feel afraid or uncomfortable in a situation. This gives them a sanctuary whenever they need a break from a busy house. Once your dog gets used to it, they may even like it better to sleep in their crates rather than climbing up your couch or sneaking into your bed.
Put a blanket or old shirt that has your scent at the bottom of it or some familiar cushion he may have. This will be comfortable and help the bonding process. Your pup can learn all about this in a puppy school as well.
The crate is where your dog may sleep, so the place is close to where you are likely to sleep as they like to be as close to you as possible.
When you first introduce the crate, make sure its propped open so it doesn’t accidentally swing and close on them and see if they explore it, if not, throw some treats in there and their favourite chew toy.
Don’t force them in or they may develop a negative association with the crate.
Each time your dog goes in, in a happy voice give them a cue such as ‘off to bed’, ‘home’ or something of the like so they recognise the cue and associate it with going to the crate. Close the door gently the first time.
They may bark the first night but be sure not to respond to the negative behaviour, if you want to give them a treat or a toy, make sure there’s a small break in the barking or whimpering before you treat them. Start their dog training right.
Be patient, it will take more than one night for them to love it.
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