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The Labour of Crate Training Your Dog

crate trainingMy dog does not like his cage, what should I do?  Is the common question that a lot of people ask.

Dog training courses by professional canine educators are a good thing to do but not necessary. Let’s start by immediately replacing the word cage with the house. The concept of the cage now becomes a little less scary, for both dogs and owners!

In order for your dog to appreciate the time spent in his home, it must associate it with pleasure and security. It is therefore important to never use your companion’s cage to punish him if you do not want him to develop anxiety around it.

Why is the cage necessary?

-To quickly learn how to clean potty train them
-To treat cases of separation anxiety
-To keep your dog safe
-To have a place to rest and relax that is accessible at any time for a stressed or anxious animal at times when they are stressed
-Understand why your dog does not like being alone
-It is normal that your companion predicts your departures somewhat. In the wild, dogs live in packs and rarely are alone

On the other hand, with a little conditioning, your doggie should quickly accept these moments as normal.

Why is your dog stressed?

If all the time that passes in the house are summed up in waiting for you for long hours, it is quite legitimate that they will become anxious when they are locked up in it.

How to make spot happy in his crate

happy dogInitially, you have to hold the door open and invite him to enter by tempting him with his favorite toy or using a treat. Let him in and go out as he pleases without shutting the door immediately. Repeat the experiment several times so that your pup becomes familiar.

Then close the door for a few seconds. When your dog comes out, praise him warmly. Repeat this process a few times so that he has confidence in his new home. Gradually increase the waiting time by adding to the opening of the door.

If you find that Your dog stretches inside to avoid entering the cage (but still gets access to rewards/toys!) Let him hurry out of the cage as soon as he has what he wants.

If he pants, whimpers, barks or tries to escape when the door of the cage is closed
This is because the bond of trust between your pet and his crate is not yet complete. To prevent the situation from getting worse, it is advisable to start again at the beginning or at an easier level to subsequently increase your requirements again. Sometimes you have to accept a few drawbacks to go forward.

The cage must be associated with fun and games

Leave the door of your crate open at all times and hide croquettes or candy when he is not looking at you. He will have the thought that food appears there and will be tempted to go and visit it by himself and enjoy it. With rope, hang a bone or a Kong dog toy filled with peanut butter inside the cage. The spot will not have the choice to stay there if he wants to devour it. This exercise aims to strengthen your dog to like to stay inside its heavy duty dog cage for long periods of time.

Tips for a happy dog in their crate

-Put a blanket on his cage at night and when you leave to shield from light
-Putting music on when you leave home as a distraction
-Turn off all the lights (your dog will be more inclined to go to sleep)

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