Effective Crate Training -- An Essential Step
House training your dog is one of the most difficult things you can do. Now that you have chosen a training method, it's important to address this specific area of dog training as well. Taking advantage of crate training is essential, as it can be effective way to train.
There is a lot that goes into choosing a crate. You have to be mindful of the size of your dog, and the size the dog will grow into if it is a puppy. Also, choose from the different materials that are available so your dog is as comfy as possible.
Put the crate somewhere where your dog can feel peaceful and happy. Make it very comfortable, so as not to intimidate the dog and make him feel anxious in his crate. You want only positive associations with the crate!
There are different situations where you will want to put your dog in his crate. If there is ever a time where you think your dog will get into something he is not supposed to, or you want to be sure he is extra safe, you can put him in the crate. Your dog will actually come to appreciate being in the crate, because he'll feel safe. You will appreciate the crate because you know your dog is safe, and that the items in your house are also safe!
The crate is very effective for house training (which is probably why you're interested in it!). The reason for this is because dogs do not like to go to the bathroom where they sleep. Since the crate will not allow them to leave, they will hold it until they are in a place with they are supposed to go to the bathroom.
It is important that you are very mindful of letting your dog use the bathroom often enough. This is especially true when they're the newest of puppies, as the bladder control is not the best!
If you want this method to be as effective as possible, you need to help your puppy develop good feelings about the crate. Toys, comfortable pillows, and food are positive items place in there. Your dog will learn that good things happen in the crate, and that is a safe and happy place to be.
If you have a puppy, it's an especially a good idea to start crate training as soon as possible. It will help you with your potty training efforts, and it will help to keep your dog safe and secure since you can't be there every second of the day. It will take some getting used to for your dog, but the efforts are well worth the positive results.
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