How to Get a Puppy to Like Its Crate
Most dogs get accustomed to a crate very quickly and easily. But if a puppy hates crate, the learning process is arduous. In any case, you will have to spend some time on training.
First of all, the crate should fit the size and be comfortable. The dog should have enough space to straighten and to lie down without resting on the walls and ceiling.
An important nuance. You shouldn’t use the crate as a punishment or a place of exile. First of all, it must be a personal house of the dog, where no one touches it. If you bought a container to drive the dog there when you get bored, or something happens, soon you will notice that dog hates the crate. And naturally, the pet will try to get rid of it.
What If My Dog Hates Its Crate
It does not matter if you have a puppy or an adult dog. The only thing is that the puppies remember unpleasant events for life; it will be hard to retrain later. So, pushing a puppy into when the dog won’t go in the crate so that he understands how cool this is not going to work for you.
Put the crate in a place where it will be permanent. Place a soft bed and put the toys (1-2 is enough) inside. For puppies, you can add your old thing. Leave the crate door always open for the first exercises. During your crate and bedding manipulations, the dog should spin around and look. The pets are curious and will stick their nose inside with you. At this point, have time to praise him, pat your hand on the bed, offer to climb inside completely. But do not push or force him in any way if the dog refuses to go in the crate.
For some pets this first time is already enough; having appreciated the comfort and privacy of the house, they move there.
How to Crate Train a Dog Who Hates the Crate
- 1 day. Reserve a treat. Invite the dog to come to the crate. Place one piece near the entrance, the second at the border, the third inside at a distance.
- 2 day. Place the third or fourth piece at a greater distance, then offer to go inside completely.
- 3 day. Let him go inside and lie down with your command and go out. Do not forget to praise and treat the pet with delicious. Then let him lie down for 10 seconds. The pet does not have to lie idle, feed the pieces and praise, then let go. Repeat this exercise several times.
- 4 day. The dog went inside – lie down – you praise him. Close the door for a couple of moments without stopping praising. Then let the pet out. Repeat several times. Close the door for 30 seconds. Stand up and step back; sit down to the dog again in time, open the door, give a treat, close again, wait for a little, and praise and treat.
- 5 day. Bring the pet inside, close the door, move away from the cage for 3-4 steps, come close, praise. Then step away from the crate; come and give a treat. Then go out the door and immediately go in again, praise the dog, let him out.
- 6 day. Bring the dog inside the cage, leave the room for a couple of minutes. Come in and praise. Gradually increase the time to 15 minutes, and be sure to praise intensively when you return.
- 7 day. During the day (when you have the day off) ask your dog to go inside the cage, each time for a different time (a minute, 10 minutes, 2 minutes). Also, praise and treat him to a delicious meal.
It will be possible to leave the dog in the cage for the whole day at least two weeks after the start of the class because usually, the dog hates crate at night. In this case, the morning walk should be of very high quality and long duration. Ten minutes for the toilet is not an option. Walk the dog for at least 30 minutes, let him run, execute commands, chase for a toy. After that, feed the dog and put him in a cage.
If the dog doesn’t like the crate and go crazy from the unspent energy (beagle, border collie, husky), it is necessary for morning and evening walk to last at least 30 minutes, accompanied by games and training. The execution of commands loads the animal’s brain and the dog gets tired much faster than just running for a toy and to the bushes.
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