Crate Training Your Labradoodle: What Is It?
Crate training your dog is the act of confining him or her in a small, secure room with a firm flooring and no distractions. You place the dog inside the crate and lock it securely. A few days later, you take the pup out of its crate to play with him/her.
What Are Some Benefits Of Crate Training Your Dog?
You get to spend time with your canine companion without having to deal with other dogs, children, or cats. You will not have to worry about them chewing up the furniture or destroying whatever they are playing with. They will stay focused on their game and do not wander off.
The crate is also used to teach your dog manners. If you want to learn more about this topic, please read our article How To Train Your Dog Properly.
Another benefit of crate training your dog is that it helps reduce barking and other undesirable behavior. When your pup is confined in a crate, he/she does not feel like it’s necessary to bark or otherwise make noise when left alone with you.
They are less likely to soil the floor when they are in a crate. This makes them ideal for keeping your pet in a hotel room when you travel.
Crating your dog also makes it easier for them to adjust to a new environment when you first get your furry friend. If you bring your new canine friend home in a crate, he or she will feel more comfortable in their surroundings.
Your dog will feel safe and secure in a crate. This is important for puppies that are undergoing a lot of changes in their life.
How Do I Pick Out A Crate?
You can find crates at most pet stores or even online. There are many types of crates to choose from as well. You need to measure the size of your pet to ensure that he or she will have enough room to comfortably move around in the crate.
The material that the crate is made out of can also be an important factor in your decision. Some crates are more durable and stronger than others, which can be very beneficial if you have an escape artist on your hands!
It can also have a big impact on the price of the product.
You can find plastic, steel, and even wooden crates. The plastic crates are usually cheaper than their steel and wooden counterparts, but they are not as strong or durable.
If you have a big dog, then you will need to get a sturdier crate.
How Long Do I Leave My Dog In The Crate?
You should not leave your pet in the crate for too long when you first begin using it. You do not want your dog to associate the crate with extreme loneliness or boredom.
You should plan on letting your dog out to play for a few hours when you first begin using it. As he or she gets used to the crate, you can leave them in there for longer periods of time.
The exact amount of time that your pet can stay in the crate depends on their age and temperament. It also depends on what type of activities you have planned for him or her.
If you are bringing your pet to a new environment, then you will probably need to let him or her out more frequently as they will be interested in exploring their surroundings.
It is not recommended that you keep your pet in the crate for more than a few hours. Overnight stays should only be reserved when absolutely necessary, such as when you have to leave him or her alone at home and you cannot take them with you.
Do Not Leave The Crate Next To A Window That Heats Up!
Many people place the crate or pet carrier next to a window that receives direct sunlight. This can be a serious hazard to your pet!
If the crate is made out of plastic, then it can get very hot inside of the crate if it is left in direct sunlight. The interior of the crate can reach temperatures upward of 100 degree Fahrenheit which can cause 3rd degree burns on your dog’s feet.
The same thing can happen if the crate is made out of wood or metal. It does not take long for the crate to heat up, even if it is just made out of wood.
Leaving a thick blanket on the floor of the crate can help decrease the amount of heat that reaches your pet.
You can also place the crate or pet carrier in a shadier location to help ward off the heat. If you do not have any other options, then placing a sheet of plywood, a blanket, or a towel over the window and the top half of the crate will block most of the light and heat that comes through the window.
Do Not Leave Your Dog In The Crate For Too Long!
It is not recommended that you leave your pet in the crate for more than a few hours. This can cause your dog to become very anxious and distressed.
If you must leave them alone for long periods of time, then you should try to set things up so that they can be nearby. For example, if you are leaving them at home, then you should have someone come over to sit with them or you should take them to a friend or family member’s house.
Never punish your dog by keeping them in the crate!
Many people often think that if their pet does something wrong then they should be punished by being made to stay in the crate. This is a very bad idea!
When you keep your dog in the crate as a form of punishment, then your furry friend will soon learn to fear and dread the crate. This can have very serious and negative consequences on house training and on your general relationship with your dog.
The best way to get your pet used to their crate is to introduce it to them when they are feeling happy and positive about things. Make the crate a fun place for them to be.
You can put a few of their favorite toys inside and feed them their meals there as well.
Do not force or pressure them into going inside. If they do not wish to enter, then that is okay.
You can place their food just outside the crate and let them enter and exit the crate as they please. Once they voluntarily go inside to eat, you can give them a reward and praise to reinforce that the behavior is a good thing.
Never Leave Your Dog Crated For Long Periods Of Time Without Making Sure They Can Exit The Crate If They Need To Go To The Bathroom!
Sources & references used in this article:
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