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What is Dog Crate Training?


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If you just got a new dog or you are new to dog training in Fremont, and you need a process simple enough to help secure, tame, and calm it, then you should consider dog crate training. This is the process whereby you teach your dog to accept, grow in, and adapt to the crate as its new home. After the training, your dog will recognize the crate as a familiar and safe place.

The crate is a confined space made of thick fabric or wire. While some dog crates come with one door, others come with two. There are also different sizes of crates. The size of your crate should depend on the size of your dog. Fabric crates use zips for security, while wire crates have slide-bolt latches.

Benefits of Training Your Dog With Crates

Training your dog with a crate has a lot of benefits, some of which are stated below:

  • Training your dog with a crate provides a safe and secure place for it to go when you’re unavailable to monitor its movement.
  • In case of relocation, crate training helps your dog to adapt faster to the new environment. It also aids movement to the new location.
  • You can teach your dogs to hold and strengthen their bowel muscles and bladder with crate training. This is because dogs hate to sleep in an unclean environment; hence, cleaning becomes easier for you.
  • Crate training helps to prevent health issues that most older dogs face. This is because they get to rest their joints and take naps often. It also makes it easy to transport them to the vet for a check-up and also prevents nighttime wandering.
  • Crates help to give comfort to rescue dogs. Some dogs get scared around certain environments or individuals especially dogs with a history of trauma, abuse, or neglect. With crates, these dogs gradually believe they are free and safe from harm.

How to Crate Train a Dog                    

Although crate training your dog is not an easy feat. You can follow the steps below to help make the process simple:

Introduce Your Dog To Its Crate

Leave the crate door open, and let your dog explore it in its own time. Put your dog’s favorite food in the crate, and cheer it as it goes in to eat. Repeat this process as many times as necessary, depending on how fast your dog gets comfortable with the crate.

Start Closing The Door

When you notice your dog has now become more comfortable with the crate, begin to close the door with its favorite dish in. Watch out for any negative reaction from it when the door is closed. Keep opening and closing at intervals, but don’t lock the door yet.

Watch From a Distance

After a few closed-door sessions with no negative reaction from your dog, it’s time to try staying away and watching from a distance. It would help if you also watched out for negative reactions such as barking or crying from your dog. At this stage, it may surprise you to discover that your dog has gotten used to the crate already.

Increase Your Away Time

If your dog is okay with you being away for a few minutes, increase your away time to an hour, and so on. You can monitor its activities with a pet camera while you’re away.

How fast your dog settles down in the crate depends solely on the dog. Some dogs get comfortable very fast, while others take time. However, if you notice your dog is taking too long to settle in the crate, then maybe it is going through discomfort or anxiety, and you should look into it.

To learn more about dog crate training, visit;

Spectrum Canine Dog Training,

34060 Rowland Dr. Fremont CA 94555,

(510) 629-9498

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