One of the things that you may want to consider if you are teaching obedience or potty training is crate training. Although there are pros and cons of crate training a dog, the former far outweighs the latter and most vets and professional trainers agree that not only are dog crates humane, they are actually beneficial for your dog’s health.
Of course, in order to be successful create training an adult dog or crate training a puppy, you need to have the right crate. This is where some owners go wrong, either getting a crate that is too small or too large, or getting the wrong kind of crate because they misunderstand the purpose of crate training.
The type of crate that you get – as well as the size – will be determined by whether you are crate training an older dog or one that is just a few months old as well as breed and your dog’s personality.
You can check out the important features that crates need to have before you buy and then go through the steps of crate training so that you understand the purpose of it and how to properly do crate training for your dog.
There are a number of features that your dog crate should have to ensure that your crate training is as easy as possible. These features may not apply to every crate out there but they will apply to a majority of them.
The first feature that we’re going to discuss is the doggie door. Your dog needs to be able to get in and out of the crate easily and that means that the door needs to be accessible and large enough to get through. Some crates have doors in front and doors on the side.
The material that a crate is made from is important too. Some crates are made of wire mesh and others from molded plastic. The type of crate that you get will determine how comfortable your dog is as well as affect other factors like portability.
Portability is a big thing when you are using a crate for travel, because you need to load it in and out of your car, but it isn’t really that important if you are using it to crate train. Of course, it would be nice to get both of those in one but that isn’t always possible.
This is an important part of crate training. Your dog needs to feel like his crate is a place of safety and comfort, so you want him to have privacy. Think of it as his den, somewhere he can hide in when he’s not out playing or eating.
Finally, you want to be concerned with the size of the crate. Too big and it won’t feel like a cozy den to him, but too small and it will be cramped and uncomfortable. In either case, you will have a harder time using it for training.
There are actually a few crates that I would recommend. I have researched dog crates extensively and I have been able to choose three that I really love. They are descending in order of budget, with the least expensive option at the bottom.
This crate is pretty expensive as crates go but it is also the most solidly built crate that I have ever seen. The construction on this is solid meaning you can take it on camping trips and use it outdoors.
The next one I really like because you can open all of the windows for ventilation and it is a really comfortable crate that went outside the box when it came to crate design. Plus, the price is really great.
Finally, this is a budget crate but it is still very good quality and has all of the features that you need for crate training your dog.