Crate training a dog can be a great way to keep your dog safe and secure while giving you a sense of peace during your time away from home. There are good and bad ways to crate train a dog but with a little help and planning your dog will be happy to stay where he is put and can some down time.
You have to think firstly about the size of the crate. Make it too small and you will end up with an unhappy pet. Make sure that the crate will be large enough when your dog is well, larger.
He needs to get used to this. He will be frightened at first as he won’t be used to it, so get him comfortable with the idea and try sitting with him, giving him treats and praise.
Your dog needs enouhg space in the crate to move around and get comfortable.He will need a couple of inches at least above his head and too either side when he is standing up and lying down. Go bigger rather than smaller.
You will need to get your dog to accept the crate and should spend at least a couple of days with him when you first introduce it. As he gets a bit more used to it being there, treat him as he goes in and when you close the door.If he goes in then give him a peaceful moment in there then reopen the door.
In addition, think about your objective before you begin. Your pet will undoubtedly not be happy at first, he may bark or whine or scratch at the crate, he may even sound like he is going to expire. He’s not. He doesn’t want to be on his own, he wants to be with you but if you give in to him in the early stages because he is making such a protest, you will never get him used to the idea.
You need to think about this when you get home or when you get out of bed. Make sure he is calm and waiting patiently before you let him out for at least a couple of minutes. Otherwise, you are just showing him that you will come if he fusses long enough. Crate training a dog is difficult when they think they can get you to open it up by making a commotion.
Giving him toys whilst alone in the crate has to be considered in advance, it can keep them quiet but they can be a choking hazard. Some rawhides especially the smaller ones should be avoided for this reason. Some puppys are destructive, and they can chew through and ingest little bits of any toy you can think of, even the indestructible type. Another dog might not chew and choke. You will have to assess the situation and your dog before you choose to leave them with something
You should look at the various online guides for help in crate training a dog as it can prove difficult and time consuming if done incorrectly.