3 Fun and Simple Steps to Start Crate Training Your Dog

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Crate Training

One of the most common problems when it comes to housebreaking a dog is crate training.

Dogs may feel uncomfortable getting into small spaces such as crates and therefore, may find themselves in deep anxiety at having to stay inside for a longer period of time.

So, it is important to structure your crate training in a fun and understandable way for the dog to easily get  your idea of getting into and staying inside the crate you’ve prepared for him.

Why do I need a Crate?

A crate is a great solution when it comes to ensuring the safety and comfort of your dog. It also is another cool option to use when you don’t have a dog-proofed home.

Whether you’re out shopping or at work, you can be sure that your dog is in one, reliable place inside your house.

3 Simple Crate Training Steps You Can Do with Your Dog

Getting your dog crate trained is a requirement every owner must do upon the dog’s arrival. It makes sure that the dog knows its boundaries and its assigned place for resting and isolation.

However, crate training doesn’t need to be stiff. Here are 3 simple and fun steps you can do to get your dog on a crate training journey.

1. Have dog treats on hand

Dog treats serve as the best motivator when it comes to getting your dog inside a crate. It’s a positive trigger that lets dogs know that you are praising them for doing the steps you want them to do.

In this case, have your dog’s favorite treat trail towards the crate. Line them up until inside the crate so you dog can follow them easily.

2. Praise and reward your dog

Okay, treats are rewards by themselves but nothing can ever replace the act of praising a dog’s good behavior.

Showing them affection just before they get inside the crate and rewarding them again with a piece of treat makes the dog look forward to another training session with the crate.

3. Repeat

Congratulations if your dog has finally gotten the message and had entered the crate on the first try. But wait. Don’t be complacent just yet.

Positive reinforcement training especially crate training emphasizes repetition to enhance the dog’s understanding of the specific behavior you want him to adapt.

Do it again at least 5 per session and repeat it another day. Just be patient because you’ll be glad you did.

Crate Training is a valuable step when it comes to potty training your dog. It creates discipline, order and routine you want your dogs to have and it builds a firm foundation for a better dog behavior inside your home.

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About Cliff Santos

Dog Trainer, animal lover, entrepreneur, co-founder and former owner of a successful dog training company, and founder of Dog Training on Demand. On a mission to bring dog training back to balance and, help you live the life you envision with your dog, while putting a smile on your face along the way. Find me on: Google+ , Twitter ; Find DTOD on: Google+ , Twitter - See more at: DogTrainingOnDemand.com

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