Crate Training, Tasmania
Hi there! I've just purchased a lovely little labrador puppy and would like a little help with crate training. Can you summarise for me when I'm supposed to have him in the crate (ie just sleeping, or more often than that) for him to get used to it. I don't want him to think that it's 'jail', but he can't think that he's got the run of the house either. Just not sure what the 'done thing' is with this type of house training. thanks!
Answer: Crate Training, Tasmania
Crate training is the best thing that you can ever do for your pup! Always remember that the crate is your dogs special place and it is never a sin bin. It should be a place where your dog wants to be, and where he can feel safe and secure. Wear a old shirt or similar for a day, and then put that in the crate. You pup will love the smell of you. Fill it up with lots of comfy blankets and toys. You need to create 'happy' thoughts associated with the create, this can be done by feeding meals in the crate and offering treats. The crate should be placed in a central part of your house to start off with and the door should be kept open. As pup becomes comfortable with it the door can be closed for small intervals. This can be increased with time. Never push your dog in or send him there as punishment.