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Crate Training

To a human, crating a dog can seem cruel, but for a dog it can be their safe place. To the dog, the crate can be a place where they can relax, sleep, and escape confusion. 

Used correctly and humanely, a crate will provide peace of mind for both you and your pet. Housebreaking and training a puppy can be a much simpler task using a crate. For an older dog, more patience may be required, but a crate may be just the answer you need to solve the behavior problems that are damaging the bond you have with your pet. Use these tips to help make the crate a positive and safe tool:

  • Feeding meals in a crate is an easy way to build a quick positive history with the crate

  • Never use the crate as a punishment

  • Put the crate in an area where the people of the house are still visible to avoid the dog feeling isolated (dogs are social creatures!)

  • Start with small amounts of time in a crate and work up to longer periods

  • Give the dog something to do in the crate like a stuffed Kong toy or a chew

  • Crate them when you are home and relaxing as well, not just when you leave. This way, the dog won't only associate the crate with you leaving

Check out our "How To" video below for a step by step guide to teaching your dog to enter the crate on cue!

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