Crate Training Your Dog
Crate training is a useful behavior to develop in your animal. Crate training is useful in potty training, moving over long distances, or if you have guests that are afraid of dogs. The crate can also be used while you are off at work and you need to keep your dog from messing up your house. Your animal's comfort level with a crate will differ depending on how you use the crate. How long you should allow your pet in the crate depends on your animals comfort level and age.
Puppies that are less than 6 to 8 months old shouldn't be left inside the crate for longer than an hour or two. After a year or so you can increase the time to 2-4 hours. An adult dog should be fine inside a crate for your workday. If you are preparing to leave your dog in its crate for extending periods of time make sure he or she is exercised. This will usually allow your pet to sleep for the majority of the day. While you are gone.
When working on potty training a crate is an invaluable tool. This is because dogs have a natural instinct not to potty in their living area. Using a crate in the evening while you sleep helps by providing an area for your animal that is comfortable. A problem that can occur is when you have your animal sleep in its crate, then proceed to have it stay in the crate for your 8-hour workday. If you do find yourself needing to do this. Try to provide you pet with some exercise before the day begins.
When starting with your pet make sure to introduce it to the crate slowly. To do this have your pet sit in front of the crate. Now take a treat and toss it into the back of the crate. When your pet goes in give your command word and a lot of praise. If your pet does not go straight into the crate don't worry. Just try another treat but closer to the entrance. After you can comfortably get your animal into the crate work. Start to practice for longer and longer periods of time.
Work with your pet everyday so that the animal's comfort level becomes high. If your dog is not territorial. You can try adding a blanket and some toys to keep the dog occupied. If for some reason your pet becomes unwilling to enter the crate. Start re-building their confidence by starting from the beginning. A crate is an invaluable tool to you as an owner. Practice from a young age can prevent many problems down the road.