How to make crate training fun
I Heart Dogs | May 2015
By: Kristina N. Lotz
Part of making crate training fun for your dog is to make sure you avoid doing anything will give the crate a negative association. Jeffrey Soto is a professional dog trainer for Fitdog Sports Club and has these tips for people looking to crate train their dog:
1) At first, leave the door open and let them explore. Don’t place your dog in the crate and lock the door. You don’t want them to feel trapped.
2) At night, put a blanket over the crate to make it comfy and close the door but leave it unlocked. So if they want to push it open they can, but it might be so comfy that they prefer to be inside.
3) You want your dog to have a positive association with the crate, so never use it for punishment or time outs.
4) Always put a treat in the crate before your dog goes in and before bedtime too.
5) Dogs should not be left in crates for more than 6 hours during the day. Preferably, your dog has other options like outdoor area, parameter fence or daycare.
Full Article Published May 6, 2015, I Heart Dogs Twitter: @IHeartDogscom