November 22, 2022

Why the crate is great, making the decision to crate train your puppy or dog.

Their crate is their den; crate training your dog is an easy way to communicate with them that he/she is accounted and well cared for, crates can be a very high value area for your pup. With good training, crates become their oasis. Initiate positive emotional associations for them inside of the crate from the start. Canines are masters at making associations, making the crate a happy place will soothe and comfort your dog when they need to cool off or reset. Providing treats to your dog when they enter and feeding your dog in their crate is a positive stimulus for your dog which forms the positive associate we are looking to achieve. A crate is an excellent safety measure for dogs while you’re occupied, it safeguards them and your home from accidental nibbling or potty mistakes. Keeping dogs crated is essential for setting boundaries in the home and to offer them an area that is designated just for them. Dogs need alone time too. Boundaries, such as a crate at home, is a clear communication directly to your dog which prevents confusion for them.

It is not a punishment; one big thing we hear a lot when we discuss dog training is that, people feel bad putting their dog in a cage. More often than not people assign human emotions and verbiage to their pets such as their baby or child, but rearing a dog and a child are completely different psychologically. Dogs operate on different emotional systems than human children. Unlike with children, one of the best tools we have when training a dog is shifting attention and using currency (treats/food); which can mean removing a stimulus/trigger without explanation.  We simply replace or distract our dog with something else. A crate can be a helpful tool to calm your dog down. Most of us when describing our pups use words that describe human behaviors like “shifty”or “naughty” because it is relatable. But dogs have a less complex operating system than human kids which is something to keep in mind to alleviate the feelings of guilt when training. The vast majority of dogs act out of pure instinct if left untrained. They don’t retaliate if they are lonely, they are usually seeking out activities to alleviate boredom/anxiety, crates protect them from these chewing excursions or destructive behaviors. Dogs pursue pleasure and points of interest without malice or intent to prove a point. A thorough exploration of the trash bin is not designed to rile you up, it’s because their sense of smell is much stronger than humans and they are bored, lacking nutritionally, or full of energy that they need to release. Crates keep them safe and sound until you're there to exercise and love them.

 

 

 

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