Dog Adoption: Crate Training

dog crate

A popular method of training dogs after adoption is crate training. The purpose of crate training is to create a place in the home where the dog is safe during the evening and hours you are not home.

You can choose between several types of crates. There are fabric models, plastic models and metal models of crates for dogs.

WHAT NOT TO DO:

  • Never use the crate as a form of punishment. This will cause the dog to fear the crate and he or she will not want to enter it when you want them to.
  • Do not leave the dog in the crate for too long. Dogs need exercise and interaction and need to go to the bathroom after several hours.
  • Puppies should never spend more than 3-4 straight hours in a crate as they’re unable to hold their bladders for much longer than that.
  • Do not consider the crate a permanent solution. Use it only until you trust the dog not to chew items in your home, urinate in the home or harm himself or herself at all.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Introduce the crate to your dog using treats or food or something for them to feel comfortable about the crate. Place one or two treats just over the entry of the crate. If the dog goes in, place more treats near the back of the crate.
  • Place the dog’s food dish in the back of the crate. This will let the dog eat a meal in the crate and he or she will become more comfortable with being in the crate for longer periods of time.
  • Spend time sitting next to the crate with the dog inside. Sit with them for 5-10 minutes at a time and then let them be in the crate your.
  • Leave your home with the dog in the crate but for no longer than 20-30 minutes the first few times.
  • Leave the dog in the crate overnight. Once the dog is comfortable in the crate for an entire evening.

Once your dog is able to sleep the entire night in the crate the training will complete. You should use the crate until you feel comfortable the dog will be safe in your home and not damage anything.