Top Tips on Crate Training Your Dog from Kings and Queens Pet Sitting
Did you recently get a new puppy? Have you adopted a dog who has never been house broken? You might want to consider crate training. Crate training your dog can be a positive experience, when performed in the correct manner. It can instill a routine and assist with control over the bladder. Establishing particular times for potty breaks helps your pet immensely. Lets discuss a few of the key points in making this experience work well for you while keeping it positive for your dog:
Positives and Do’s –
- A crate can be like a “Den” to your dog. The crate is an area where they can feel safe, comfy and secure.
- Having your dog trained and comfortable in a crate can make emergencies and trips in the car much more comfortable for you and your pet.
- Many hotels are open to allowing your dog to stay if they are crate trained.
- Crate training can help establish a routine of feeding and potty breaks for your dog which will, in the long run, make your overall experience with your dog more enjoyable.
- Having the crate can also serve as a safety zone for them. It keeps them out of trouble when you are not at home or are busy tending to your family or household chores. Also, it’s a place to hide when they are scared, say on the 4th of July.
Some Do Not’s –
Dogs are social animals. They need to be socialized. They want to be near their “people”.
- Obtaining a crate and sticking your dog in it for the day is not the purpose of a crate. If you do not have the time and desire to spend with a social pet such as your dog then perhaps you should not be adding them to your family.
- A crate is a tool by which some people reap benefits in house breaking a pet and providing the pet with their own safe zone. A puppy should not be spending very long in the crate. They need to be socializing and learning with you. They need to be loved and interacted with. Many vets follow a rule of hours in a crate to months the pup is old. For example, a two month old pup should not be crated longer than two hours a day.
- Does not use the crate for neither punishment nor associate anything negative with that crate if you want a positive experience. You want your pet to feel comfortable in there, not punished!
- If you are going to work and still working on training your pet keep in mind they will need a potty break at least mid- day. Do not make your new pup wait all day! Contact your local pet sitting service for further details on how they can help. We at Kings and Queens pet sitting specialize in mid- day potty breaks. We can come by and let your dog out of his crate for a potty break and give him the opportunity to play, exercise and have some loving human interaction. When crating your pet do not leave any collars on as they can pose a danger
More things to consider –
- Ensure you are getting a crate large enough for your pet to be comfortable in. He will need to be able to stand up and stretch, turn around and lay down.
- You will need a cushion and some chew toys to keep your pets mind active.
- You can even cover the crate partially with a blanket to make it nice and dark for them.
- Your pet should be exercised before and after being crated as well as given a break during the middle. Again Kings and Queens Pet Sitters are here to help with that!
Remember; do not use a crate to “store” your pet. Use it very minimally and once they have been trained, loose the crate. Make it a resting place for them or a transportation tool. Otherwise, but leave it up to them. Don’t lock them away. Once they have established their routine and are house broken the crate has done its job!
Call us at Kings and Queens Pet Sitting for more information on how to make crate training a positive experience for you and your dog.