Crate training, a.k.a. kennel-train is a training method that has been gaining strength during the last years. However, it is still a controversial topic of discussion, since many people think it may be cruel to leave your dog in a crate.
What is crate training?
It is the process of introducing a dog to a crate or kennel in order to make it a safe space, a ‘den’. It consists of looking out for a safe, quiet, and relaxed place when everything around is fuzzy. It prevents destructive behavior, helps the dog settle and relax, and can be useful for toilet training.
This kind of training takes advantage of dogs’ natural instincts and boosts them. The idea is that crate is always associated with something pleasant. If crating is done correctly, your dog will be happy and chilled inside his crate.
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Tips for crate training
Crate training can last days, or weeks, depending on your dog’s behavior and past experiences.
Keep training sesh short and sweet at first. They shouldn’t last more than 15 minutes. Dogs need to get acquainted with their crate and if the sessions last longer, your pup can lose interest.
Choose a right-size crate. Your dog must be able to stand up and turn around inside the crate easily.
Keep the crate full of toys and blankets. Your dog must see his crate as a teenage boy sees his bedroom. There must be a positive association with the crate and it needs to be his sacred place, where he goes when he wants to be alone.
Never use the crate as punishment. As we’ve mentioned before, the crate should always be related to a pleasant experience. If you use it as punishment, your dog will get frustrated for being locked and that´s not the aim of crate training.
Don’t keep your dog in the crate for too long. Specialists agree that 5 to 6 hours a day is the limit time of confinement. If you are training an 8-12 weeks puppy, they shouldn’t spend more than 1 or 2 hours a day in the crate.
A correctly used crate can be a helpful training tool, but it’s not the only one. Depending on your dog’s age, past experiences or trauma, health condition, and behavior, crate training might or might not be the ideal training tool for your pup. Always consult with a specialized trainer to know what’s best for your furry friend.