Crate Training Your Dog

Is your dog crate trained? If not, you may want to consider crate training him. Crate training can be very beneficial for both dogs and their owners! Below, a Reynoldsburg, OH vet discusses some crate training basics.

Benefits of Crate Training

There are many reasons to crate train your pet. For one thing, it’s quite likely that Fido will need to be crated at some point, either at his vet’s or groomer’s, or for travel. This will be much easier if your dog sees his crate as his own private den. We also recommend keeping dogs crated for car rides: it’s much safer than letting your pup loose in the vehicle! Last but not least, crate training can also help with behavioral issues. Many dogs feel secure in their crates, and benefit from having a cozy, private area to retreat to.

Crate Setup

Make Fido’s crate nice and comfy by putting bedding and toys in it. You also want to be sure to choose the right spot for the crate. Don’t isolate your canine pal in a back bedroom: he’ll just get lonely. Ideally, the crate should be in a place where your pooch can see and hear you, but isn’t in the middle of things. A living room or family room is ideal.

Training Tips

Crate training should be a positive experience for your dog. Start by feeding your pup near his crate. You also want to give your four-legged pal toys, treats, and belly rubs near the crate. The next step is to start feeding Fido in his crate. Leave the door open at first. From there, you can start closing the door. Just shut it for a few moments at first, and then gradually extend the time. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Common Mistakes

Used properly, a crate can be a great tool. However, it’s important to know what not to do when crating your pet. First and foremost, never leave Fido crated for extended periods of time. It’s fine to crate your pooch overnight, but during the day, adult dogs should never be crated for more than 4 hours. Also, avoid using the crate as punishment. This will only make your furry buddy hate his crate, and think of it as a bad place.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health? Contact us, your Reynoldsburg, OH animal clinic!

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