Pets & Animal Dog Breeds

A Crate by Any Other Name

Crate training and kennel training mean the same thing.
It doesn't matter what you call it.
A crate by any other name should smell as sweet but here is the thing: Dogs naturally want to keep their den area clean and will learn to hold their water, so to speak, when they are contained in their crate so long as the crate is the right size.
There should be enough room in a crate for your dog to stand up, stretch out and turn around but if your dog can do their business without having to lie in it the crate is too big.
Remember, it is a crate not a condo.
That being said, you need to use some consideration when you crate train your dog.
Don't keep them cooped up day and night.
The crate can become a safe place for your dog or a prison.
It is up to you.
You wouldn't want to spend day after day locked up in a crate and neither will they.
Four hours at a time during the day or eight hours a night is plenty.
A hot water bottle for warmth and a clock for company can sometimes make a young dog feel more at home.
Some dogs seem to like heading for their crate at the end of a long day and that is as it should be but if your dog doesn't want to come out and play there may be a problem.
When your dog is crate trained, it is easier for him to travel; they are much more comfortable and relaxed.
It is a safe place away from the kids and you.
Make sure you keep it clean and free of pests.
Things to chew are OK but keep an eye out for stolen goods and things that could choke your furry friend.
Comfortable bedding a toy and a treat in the crate are great but don't over do it.
Leave the door open and let the puppy choose to go in.
While she plays in the crate close the door for a few minutes but don't make it a trap.
Let her out when she asks.
At first any way.
When she has gotten used to going into the crate on her own, you can start telling her to "go to bed or go to your crate".
She'll get it.
It can make things a lot easier for both of you.
Now she has a place of her own and you do too.

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