The Importance of Crate Training
One of the most important things to teach your dog is how to be comfortable and calm in a crate. The benefits of this training are immense, and the crate is a valuable tool for potty training, teaching dogs to settle, building impulse control skills, teaching healthy separation coping, and preventing young dogs from getting into trouble while you're away. One of the first steps in this training process is to select the right kind of crate for your dog's individual needs.
When selecting a crate for your dog, there are a few things to keep in mind. The crate should be large enough that the dog can comfortably stand, turn around, and lay down. If the crate is too small, the dog will obviously be uncomfortable. On the flip side, one that is too large can cause potty training issues, especially with young puppies who may use one side of the crate as a potty area and another as a sleeping area. Another factor to consider when selecting a crate is the material that the crate is made out of. Each material has it's own pros and cons, and picking the right material for your dog can be very helpful in succesfull crate training.
Types of Crates
One of the most popular types of crates.
Soft Sided/Fabric Crates
"Crash Test" Crates
Examples: KBC Kennels, Ruff Tough, Gunner
Example: wicker crates, "end table style" crates
Let Us Help You Out!
Whether you are starting crate training with a young puppy, your older dog, or a new rescue, we can help you get started on the path to success. Working with a professional dog trainer can significantly streamline this process, and make sure that you and your dog are successful. Give us a call at (440)413-4414 or fill out a contact form to schedule a training consultation.
Sam is the owner and head trainer at Kentucky Dog Training LLC. She set up this blog to share success stories, training tips, the progression of dogs in our training programs, and other thoughts on dogs and training.