Crate Training Your Dog Overview

Crate train your dog with this dog training exercise from the Dog Training Planner. Keep training consistently to ensure your dog doesn’t get confused. Don’t use the crate as a punishment.

The 6 Steps

If you scroll down a bit, you’ll see that I’ve written out all the steps from the video for you. I know. I know. I really am that nice (lol).

Videos are great if you’re a visual learner!

Most people learn dog training drills best by first watching a video tutorial, and then having the written steps available during the training session, so they don’t get confused (Hey, if you want to completely avoid confusion, you might like to get your paws on my Dog Training Planner).

Step 1: Choose Crate Size 

Your dog should be able to turn and lie down, but not be able to pace. 

Step 2: Give A Reward

Give your dog their meals in their crate (but not water) and reward them with treats each time they go into the crate. Put your dog into its crate several times throughout the day when you are home, this ensures they don’t associate the crate with you leaving. 

Step 3: Release Their Energy 

If you need to leave your dog in its crate for any length of time, play with them or burn off some of its energy before doing so. 

Step 4: Prepare The Crate 

If your dog needs to be left in the crate for any length of time, cover the sides with a blanket (being sure that air can still flow through the crate) and turn on some calming music. Give your dog hard chew toys but do not put bedding in their crate until you can trust your dog not to chew it. 

Step 5: Leaving Your Dog 

When leaving your dog in its crate, don’t make a fuss. Put them in their prepared crate and walk away. 

Step 6: Releasing Your Dog 

Do not release your dog from its crate if they are crying or over-excited. Wait for them to calm down and then reward them.

Before you go, read on to discover the secret sauce to dog training success...

Loving Leadership

Have a philosophy of loving leadership when training your dog.

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As a loving leader, you should be constantly working on the communication pathways with your dog. At the bare minimum, your dog should also have some basic commands such as the lie-down command, sit command, and stay command.

When your dog knows a few basic dog obedience commands he or she will feel loved because they know what you want and have no anxiety or fear about what they should be doing and when.

Once your dog has a few commands under his or her belt (I mean, collar), practice behaviour dog training, command dog training and tricks dog training regularly to ensure your dog is physically and mentally healthy. As you are probably acutely aware, untrained dogs have a way of taking over the control of a home if not taught otherwise (which can be a nightmare). A trained dog, however, will bring years of doggie love to your household.

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