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I believe that it is not just me who owns a pet at home, the reason why I made this thread. I am looking forward to some tips on conducting dog crate training. This will be the first time that I will do crate training. I also want to know the things that you guys usually consider before buying a dog crate product.
Hi Rita 🙂 Dog crate training is usually done slow, and with positive reinforcement, they have to look at the crate as a good safe place and not a punishment. Mine always got a treat for going in willingly, and you start out for short periods of time, slowly increasing. Leaving the crate set up like a comfy bed, with the door open, helps them associate it as a cozy place to sleep. Always make sure they get taken out to do their business before time spent in the crate, and after the crate (if they are in for a while) so they don't associate the crate as a place to relieve themselves.
I don't use them anymore, they just get gated off in the kitchen when I'm not home (too short to counter surf) with beds on the floor.
Type of crates depend on the dog. Mine are smaller dogs, 20lbs and under, so never had to worry about them breaking out, but my friend that has a boxer mix has gone through a few crates because of her dog busting out of them. Mine don't relieve themselves in their crates, but dogs that do need one just big enough to fit them inside it, so they won't want to make a puddle to then lay in. Bigger crates they will go in a corner then sleep away from the mess.
It's been a while since I've done it (my youngest dog will be 8 this year), but those are the basics that stuck in my mind.
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In addition to the reasons Mandy spoke of for not getting too big a crate, they also seem to prefer a cozy one to a spacious one. In the wild, when wolves dig dens, they tend to make them just big enough to fit in. That's probably partly to save on work, partly to help hold heat in (the more open space, the more drafts), but whatever the reason, dogs who like crates will, when allowed to choose from a variety of sizes, pick one that just big enough over one that's roomy.
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