10 Steps To Crate Training A Dog

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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.

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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.

Dog Crate Features

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 Doggie Door

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

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.

The 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.

The Privacy

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.

The Size

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.

The Ten Steps To Crate Training

  • Get your crate and make it ready for your dog. This means that you need to put some soft stuff on the floor of the den and throw a couple of chew toys in there so that your dog has something to keep his mind occupied.
  • Now you want to begin crate training by putting treats in there beforehand and then putting your dog close enough to smell the treat. You want him to see the crate as a great place.
  • Start feeding your dog inside the crate. Just put the bowl at the entrance at first and then slowly move it inside until the dog has to enter the crate all the way to eat it.
  • Don’t shut your dog in the crate as soon as he enters it. Instead, slow introduce the door and give him reasons to stay in there.
  • You also need to create a cue word to tell them when to exit the crate. You should be able to leave the door open and your dog not leave until you give him permission.
  • Now, you can ask them to enter the crate when you need to leave the house and if they comply then they get a treat. No treats unless they actually enter the crate after the command.
  • Leave them alone for longer and longer periods of time until they are able to be left in the crate for several hours without problems.
  • ​Do not leave them in the crate longer than a few hours. If you leave them so long that they really have to eliminate then they will associate the crate with bad feelings.
  • ​Train new behaviors when you let your dog out of the crate. Teach him that coming out means bathroom, food, playing or learning new tricks.

My Recommendations

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.

OxGord 24 Medium Dog Food

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.

Noztonoz Sof Create

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.

Small Puppy in a MidWest iCrate Folding Metal Dog Crate on a White Background

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.

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