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The best method for crate training a dog is through persistence and patience. Dog’s are smart and will catch on very quickly if you are consistent with your approach, but it may take up to 3 weeks for them to fully understand what you want them to do in their crate.

A dog crate is a safe and secure place for your dog to call its own. There are many benefits of crate training a dog, which includes teaching your dog boundaries and giving them a sense of security.

Puppy in a crate being fed a treat

The Importance of the Right Crate Size for your Dogs

When it comes to deciding the right crate size for your dog, there are a few key factors you need to consider. The first factor is the size of your dog. The second factor is where you plan on keeping the crate. I recommend that you always choose a crate that will allow your pet to stand up, lie down, and turn around comfortably inside of it.

A large dog will need a crate that is at least as long as they are tall and wide enough for them to turn around. Whereas a small dog may be able to get by with a smaller crate.

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A big dog will require more room than a small one and may be better suited in one of those large kennels with the dividing panel that can offer privacy and help keep order.

The size of crate that is appropriate for your pets all depends on their breed (or mix), weight, age, and individual disposition.

Pet owners should never simply buy the first crate they see; there are many considerations. Size and materials are two of the most important factors to consider when buying a crate for your dog.

Here are some crates to consider:

Where To Position A Dog Crate

Place your dog crate in a quiet corner making sure it isn’t drafty or too close to a heat source such as a radiator, fireplace or direct sunlight. Your dog needs to be comfortable without getting too hot or too cold.

Line the crate floor with some soft material and place a few treats inside to entice your pet into their new home.

Steps to Crate Training Your Dog

Step 1: Establish a calm, low-key environment in which to train your dog.

Step 2: Give your dog its favourite toy or treat when it enters the crate. This can be done every time they enter the crate, but it will work best if you only do this when they are behaving in an appropriate manner.

Step 3: Use a command word like “crate” or “bed” before giving the treat so that your dog associates the word with going into their crate.

Step 4: Always praise your dog when he is in the crate. Introduce them slowly by putting their leash on and taking them into it with you at first, then leaving them there by themselves while you’re close by outside or in another room.

Step 5: Gradually increase the time in the crate over a few weeks to get your dog used to it.

If your dog is barking or acting aggressively, DO NOT give him any treats until he has calmed down and starts acting appropriately again.

How Long Can a Dog Stay in a Crate?

It is never safe for dogs to be left in crates for extended periods of time. Dogs are social animals, and they require companionship. Dogs should not be crated more than four hours at a time. If you must crate your dog for longer than four hours, it must have food and water, as well as the opportunity to exercise outside the crate every day.

Young puppies should spend less time in their crates than adult dogs.

Conclusion

Introducing a crate to your dog can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Gradually introduce them to the new space by letting them explore on their own and then asking them into the space. They will get used to it faster if they are allowed to gradually explore.

Crate training your dog allows you to supervise and protect them when you’re away. Dogs are naturally denning animals and they feel safe when they are in enclosed spaces.

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The best method for crate training your dog is through persistence and patience. Dog's will catch on very quickly by following these tips.
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