Crate training

Crate training

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QUOTE 12/1/2010 10:51:03 PM

Crate Training: How & Why

By Honor Tarpenning, Staff


There are several accepted methods of
house training your new dog. However, if you’re looking for not just a
housebreaking method, but are also interested in adapting your dog to a
safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons,
crate training is for you.

Proper crate training teaches your dog that his crate is his “bedroom.”
Just as a child will retreat to his room when scared, when he wants to
be alone, or when he just wants some time to play with his toys, so does
a crate trained dog. Dogs are den animals, so they crave that close,
cozy space for comfort. Just think about a fox hole, it makes sense,
right? It isn’t inhumane, cruel, or unfair--it’s natural.

Why Crate Train?

Crate training protects your dog from dangers in your home when you’re
not around, and protects your home and your possessions from your dog
until he learns the rules of the house. Once your dog is crate trained
at home, he will be comfortable with the crate while travelling and in
the car. A crated dog in the car is much less likely to be severely
injured in an accident, and won’t be able to cause one. A portable, or
at least collapsible crate will allow you to bring your dog’s “room”
anywhere you go together. This means your dog will be instantly more
comfortable no matter where you go or how much you travel. Another
benefit of crate training your pooch is, in the event of a fire or other
household emergency, there’s no question as to where the dog is. Be
sure your neighbors know where you keep the crate; and be sure to have a
pet locator symbol on the window nearest your crate, and a sign on or
near the front door indicating how many and what kind of pets are in the

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