I’ve trained all of my dogs to use a crate and highly recommend it.
Is the dog crate training method humane? YES
You may look at a dog crate and find it doesn’t inspire much confidence. Don’t be too quick to judge, the dog training method is highly effective.
You may find that the dog crate, one that consists of a rectangular shaped enclosure with a top, a floor, 3 sides, and a door, could just possibly be the best contraption for your dog. The dog crate training method is especially effective for puppies, although senior dogs can be trained as well.
What do you need to implement the dog crate training method? Buy a sturdy dog crate. These crates are usually constructed of wire, wood, metal, molded plastic or a combination of these materials. You can get a ready-made crate or have it customized, for a puppy that belongs to a larger breed.
The dog crate training method recognizes that fact that all dogs whether domesticated or untamed, share a common characteristic, they need their own confined space - what we call a den. A dog crate then is the equivalent of the domesticated dog’s den.
When you use the dog crate training method, here are some of the beneficial results your dog and you will gain from this training:
As a result of the dog crate training, you and your family can enjoy time away from your dog, knowing your dog is comfortable and fine in its den. Your furniture or possessions are not in danger of being soiled, damaged or torn apart by your dog.
By nature, dogs don’t like to do their business in the space they sleep in, and the crate dog training method reinforces this natural instinct.
With the dog crate training, your dog will be less disruptive and more pliable when you need to confine him or her in the crate. Some of these occasions when your dog needs to be out of the way, is when preparations for dinner is underway or there is a big crowd of guests for dinner.
Because of the dog crate training method, your dog won’t whine or bark incessantly when you put her or him in his or her own carry-all crate, when you travel. So the dog isn’t underfoot.
Another safety benefit is when the driver abruptly hits the brake; the dog won’t be thrown out.
In order for your dog crate training to be a success, you must set rules. Everyone in the family must remember that the crate is for the dog’s sleeping comfort. You can put an old t-shirt and soft padding in the bottom for the dog. But no one should ever put food or water in the dog’s bedroom/crate.
Another way to make the dog crate training effective is to establish a “crate routine” for your dog. Put the dog in his or her crate during certain hours in a day, a good time would be his or her nap time. At night, place your dog’s crate in a place where you can safely leave the door open so that the puppy can relieve his or herself outside of the crate. Once this routine has been firmly established, you can stop using the dog crate.
Effective dog crate training will prevent your dog from developing serious behavioral problems, which is a huge headache for plenty of dog owners. As the dog owner, your part is to practice patience and consistency in carrying out the dog crate training method, so your puppy becomes one disciplined dog. Just like children, dogs are comforted by structure and consistency. Help them to achieve this with crate training and you'll have a very happy, healthy dog!
Crate Training Your Puppy
Before crate training your new puppy, you'll need to acquire a crate. There are many types and variations of crates available for purchase. It is important to pick the type of crate that will best suit the needs of both you and your puppy.
You should also take into consideration the size of your dog now and how large he may be when fully grown to avoid having to purchase more than one crate. It is also important to remember that the crate will be his own individual space and you want to make it as comfortable as possible so that your pup will enjoy his time there.
Since the puppy will be spending a lot of time in his crate, you should put several of his favorite toys and treats in the crate for him. Keep in mind that any toy you purchase should be large enough for the dog not to be able to swallow it, to avoid any injury to your pet. Having toys to chew own will not only give the dog something to chew that he can’t destroy, but it will help to prevent boredom while he is in the crate.
They tend to really like Kong toys and they can be stuffed with treats, which will usually keep him interested at least for a couple of hours or until he gets all the treats out of it. You can also purchase bones and toys that are especially made for small breed dogs. Regular bones, such as rawhide bones, can be dangerous for all dogs because they can get lodged in their digestive tract. My dogs love Bully Sticks and stuffed Kong toys.
If your furry family member will be spending more than two hours in the crate, it is a good idea to equip it with a water bottle in case he gets thirsty. Many pet stores sell the same type of water bottles that are used for hamsters or gerbils, just in larger sizes. These tend to work well in the crate.
You should also put some kind of bedding in the crate to help your small puppy be more comfortable. Old towels or soft blankets usually suit this purpose very well. Occasionally, puppies will chew their bedding; if this happens, be sure to remove all the pieces so that the puppy doesn’t swallow them. If the puppy wets his bedding, just remove it until the puppy stops using his crate as a bathroom, then put it back in. I also use bed warmers for my dog crates. I recommend the Snuggle Safe as there are no cords or anything to chew on. I warm it and put it under a blanket or cushion.
Since the crate is your dog’s own private space, it is important not to let children or visitors play with him while he is in his crate. He should be left alone to play or rest as he likes. If someone wants to play with him, he should be taken out of his crate first. You want your pup to like being in his crate and feel comfortable spending time there.
Soft Dog Carriers and Soft Dog Crates
Soft dog carriers and soft dog crates are are great way to transport your small dog. A soft sided dog crate will give your dog a sense of comfort and home. Soft sided dog carriers allow the dog to feel comfortable when they brush or lean against the wall.
Fabric carriers allow for you and your pet to be more comfortable. Fabric carriers can be used for small dogs and cats. A fabric dog carrier can be as unique as you are and match what style you have. A fabric dog carrier may also be a designer dog carrier as many companies now cater to pet owners.
A dog purse or a carrier bag for small dogs is a great way to tote your dog with you and not have to worry about the awkwardness of a hard dog carrier. A dog purse or a dog tote can also be unique. Soft dog carriers will make carrying your small dog or cat easy.