Crate Training

When I was growing up, my family had no idea how useful a dog crate could be. Our dog’s crate mostly collected dust in the garage, only to be pulled out for long car trips. Needless to say, Mr. Cinnamon wasn’t a big fan of his crate. When I got Miles, I knew I’d be using a crate, but I had no idea  how helpful it would be.

Crate Training
{  The reliable Vari-Kennel  }

Crate training is simple and serves many important functions. From the second you bring your puppy or adult dog home, you teach them that the crate is their safe place. When they want to be alone, they have a reliable comfortable den to go and relax in. If this sense of security is taught and maintained, during the times you actually need them to be crated, they will be more likely to doze off inside than to feel trapped or anxious. Developing a good crate routine is especially useful when housetraining. If the crate is thought of as a special den, it will be the one place indoors that a dog or puppy will be far less likely to want to soil. That helps teach them to associate indoor spaces with holding their bladder, and outdoor excursions as the right time and place to go.

Crate Training
{  The crate is always out and available, at home or in a hotel  }

Miles’ crate is always available to him with the door open in a central but cozy area. I position the crate similarly when we are traveling, at friends homes, or in hotels. I never force Miles inside, and never intrude upon him when he is in his crate. When I am hanging out in the house, Miles often goes and lounges in his crate all on his own. He knows it is the one place where no one is allowed to bother him. He likes to hide special bully sticks in his crate so I won’t eat them.

Crate Training
When we started crate training, and I wanted Miles to go in, I would drop a little treat inside, tell him the command to go in, and wait until he was inside. Then, moving slowly, I would close the door and latch it. I never make any attempt to be sneaky when shutting the crate. Miles knows what is happening, he can see my hands, and he just thinks of it as time for a rest. The more business-like and bored I seem, the less it seems like I am rushing off to do fun things without him. It is simply part of our routine. I also do not use Miles’ crate for punishment – a man cave isn’t about stress, it is about relaxation!
Crate Training
{  The man cave  }

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