The Importance of Crate Training
Often when I suggest crate training to my clients, they balk at the prospect. I totally get it! From a person’s point of view, a crate can seem like sending our precious pets to doggy prison. But crate training shouldn’t be viewed as a type of punishment by us or our four-legged friends. And if crate training is done properly, it won’t be.
Some people worry that crating a dog furthers separation anxiety because their dog whines, barks, or scratches when they’re in their crate. This type of behavior only occurs when crate training hasn’t been done correctly. Prevalent mistakes include crating a dog for too long, having the wrong-sized crate, keeping the crate in the wrong part of the house, and forcing the dog to use the crate too quickly. If your dog views the crate as a punishment or a negative, it’s critical to reintroduce them to the crate and help them build a positive association with it.
When used properly, however, crate training is a wonderful way to work on a wide-range of behavioral issues, from anxiety to housebreaking. When a crate is viewed as a safe space by your dog, they can happily retreat there when they feel stressed, and feel content and secure spending time there when you’re out of the house. Dogs also naturally avoid going to the bathroom in their “den,” making it an important tool in teaching your dog how to control when and where they eliminate.
If your dog suffers from behavioral problems such as housebreaking, destructive chewing, or separation anxiety, crate training could help. My in-home training program ensures your dog learns to view the crate as a positive thing—its very own special, safe place. Put your dog on the path to success without any more guilt or drama! Call 615.610.9080 or get in touch via our contact form to start properly crate training your dog today!