Imagine your dog running amuck while you celebrate your anniversary or in the middle of an important phone call with your boss. That can seriously jeopardize your plans to surprise your loved ones or hand you your resignation papers the next day.
One way to avoid that is by keeping your four-legged friend inside a crate. Of course, he would have to love the environment inside to stay in. And YOU have to teach him to love his own crate in the room. Wondering how? Well, I am here to tell dog owners the steps in this article titled, “How to Teach Your Dog to Love His Crate.”
First Thing’s First – Choose the Right Size of Crate
Make sure the crate is comfy and big enough for your canine friend. The dog should be able to move around and stretch his legs inside. I’d advise you to arrange a comfortable bed inside. If you have a puppy, they chew the bed a lot. That is why you should arrange one that is chew proof. But don’t leave the fun out. You can always put some toys and rugs inside that your puppy can chew on. That way, he’s happy, and you are happy too.
Put the Crate Somewhere Close to You
Now when we say “Crate,” everyone pictures isolation and a room where your dog is all by himself inside the crate. Sure, once he begins to familiarize with the crate, you can put it anywhere. But for starters, keep the crate near you.
By near I mean where you watch TV or near the sofa set of yours. You can also put the crate near your bed just to reassure your dog that everything is fine. Don’t put him in isolation right away.
Put Some Treat Inside to Get Dog’s Attention
Just to get your dog’s attention to the crate, put some food inside and close the gate. Before long, he’ll notice the smell and then will try to move in. But don’t let him move in just yet. Close the door and make him wait. Sure, he’ll walk around anxiously but let him be that much excited first.
After about 10 minutes, open the cage and let him in. He’ll be enjoying his treat and stay inside the crate. You can certainly put some cheese on the crate’s walls. Toys stuffed with food will also do the job.
The Trick is to make the crate your pet’s second home. DON’T make it a place for confinement for him. He should find it comfortable (as I said earlier) and should think of this thing as his home inside a home.
Start Slowly and Increase the Time
Many of us make the mistake of closing the door of soft crates for dogs or wooden dog crates and then move away from the spot. Please, don’t do that right away! You should begin by closing the door for five to ten minutes.
Gradually increase the time to half an hour and then longer. Remember, the crate should be a resting place for the canine. Not a place of “Permanent Solitude.”
Also, your dog should rest in his place and not permanently stay inside. People should still take their dogs to exercise, playing, and spending quality time with themselves. This plays a vital role. The exercise makes your dog tired. And thus, he’ll be resting comfortably in the crate while you go about your business.
Few Tips that You Need to know
- Firstly, a crate is not a prison. Don’t make it into one!
- Each breed or age group of a dog has different resting timetables. Get to know them and close the crate’s door accordingly.
- When you are making your pet used to his crate, make sure he earns the treat you give him by spending enough time inside.
- Train your dog regularly. Make sure he gets the play time and exercises he needs.
- Don’t keep your puppy inside for more than 60 minutes. In the case of adults, don’t keep them inside the crate for more than six hours at a time.
- While inside the crate, your dog will whine and bark. Pay attention to them and respond accordingly. He shouldn’t feel that he’s left out.
Before I Leave You
Hey! I get it. No one likes putting their closest friend in a small confined space. I don’t like it either. But sometimes you must do it for the sake of the environment and place you are in. Also, when you are out for long period of time, you don’t want your pet to cause disturbances to your neighbors by barking and whining loudly. The best way to deal with it is by teaching your pet friend the ins and outs of a crate. I hope my article did help you in this regard.
Author Bio: John Howes is the founder of Petcareup. 29-year-old, entrepreneur, Pet lover and passionate blogger. He loves to write about pet and helps pet owners to choose the best products for their pet.