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Crate Training Your Dog Or Puppy

Updated: Mar 23

Crate training is a valuable skill for your dog & tool for yourself


Crates provide:

  • A safe & relaxing place for your dog

  • Their own personal space away from a busy house hold

  • Aids in toilet training

  • Aids in ridding or reducing anxiety & phobias

  • Aids in teaching your dog to be relaxed

  • Safe transportation when in a car or on a plane

  • A safe space when there are hazards about the home (Work men, parties, unpredictable children, cooking or cleaning)

  • And at some stage in your dogs life it will find itself at the vets hospital, where it will need to be housed in a cage or crate. So crate training them early will allow them to feel more at easy when a visit to the vet hospital comes along.


Now you can’t just shove your dog or puppy in a crate & expect it to be all perfect from that moment. It takes time & training for them to enjoy it.


So how do we achieve out dog enjoying its crate to reap all the benefits?

  • Feed your dog or puppy multiple small meals in its crate

  • Don’t let your dog out if its crying, it can only come out once quiet & calm

  • Except for puppies still in the process of toilet training, on the first cry every half hour take them out for a toilet break. Any crying there after the toilet break, they should not be let out for.

  • Set up short & frequent training sessions through out the day with luring your dog in for food

  • Don’t rush or have high expectations. Example: You may only lure the dog's front two feet in for the first 3 days before its comfortable enough to walk all the way in. Then another week before you can close the door for a minute at a time

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