Whether the dog you bring home is a puppy or an adult dog, they will need some time to adjust to the new environment. One of the best ways to make this adjustment is to designate a space that can be used as a safe haven-if your dog feels overwhelmed or just wants to take a break. The easiest way to create this space is to provide a crate for your dog.
When properly set up and used, the crate can not only be a place for your dog to choose to rest, but it can also protect your puppies from harm when they cannot be at home.
When choosing the right crate for your dog, it is important to consider that the size of the crate is related to the size of the dog. Ideally, you want the crate to be large enough so that your dog can stand in the crate without being restricted by the roof, turn around in the crate, and lie comfortably in the crate. You don’t want the crate to be so big that your dog can circle it. If your puppies grow up, buy a box based on the estimated mature size of the dog, and then use the divider (usually provided with the box) to customize the size of the box to increase the available space as the dog grows. Most box companies will provide you with an idea of the size of the box you should buy based on your dog’s weight, height, etc.
After determining the size of the crate you want to buy, please choose a bed that fits the crate to provide your dog with more comfort. Usually, when undergoing crate training, dogs tend to chew on the crate or scratch the bed out of frustration. Choosing a durable bed (such as one of K9 Ballistics) can save you the trouble of buying a new bed, and you can feed your dog with loose fillings and bedding materials to avoid getting into a dangerous situation.
The next item in the list should cover the top and sides of the box. To make the dog feel comfortable and safe, please make the dog cage as a nest as possible. Covering the top, back and at least one side of the crate will help your dog settle into the new area without feeling dangerous in all directions. If you have a towel or a large enough blanket at home, that’s fine! If not, a specially designed crate cover like this is also great.
The location of the dog’s crate is essential to ensure the dog’s sense of safety it. Evaluate the following rooms in your home and consider the following conditions, which will help select the ideal location for their crates:
1. Is my dog’s sight clear? [from the crate] Where is most of the time spent (e.g. kitchen, family room, etc.)
2. Can my dog see the door we go in and out?
3. Will my dog maintain a comfortable temperature in this position (not too cold/not too hot)?
If you can choose “Yes” for all three conditions, then you can find a good place for the dog cage!
Now that you have created the perfect crate set up for your dog, it is time to help your dog enjoy his/her new room!
The primary goal is to enhance the crate by using sounds and snacks to make it a happy place. When you start, please bring the dog to your box, and then coax it into the box. Once your dog gets inside, praise them and give them a treatment. Open the door so they can exit when needed. Repeat this step a few times to familiarize your dog with their crate and connect the food rewards inside with others. If your dog is very nervous or upset about the crate, feeding breakfast and dinner in the crate every day is a great way to spend a good time in a short time.
Once your dog is willing to eat, try to close them and close the door. Keep your eyesight within the sight of the dog and perform activities that do not involve the dog (for example, watching TV, reading a book, working on a laptop). When your dog realizes that he is enclosed, it may grumble or bark. It’s ok! Ignore your dog and continue to exercise for 5-10 minutes or until they settle down and stop barking/complaining. Once your dog has settled down, open their crate door, let them go, and resume quiet activities. It is important not to celebrate your dog’s withdrawal from the crate. If you tell your dog that it is more fun outside the crate than inside, then they will spend time in the crate waiting anxiously for your return instead of learning to calm down and relax.
When practicing at home, keep the dog in the crate for longer periods of time and open the door when the dog falls indoors. Sometimes your dog needs some patience and practice to learn to enjoy its crate. Maintain good working conditions and do your best not to give in to their complaints/barking. When they make a hissing/barking sound, letting their dog leave the box will only tell them that making noise is the key to leaving the box. When the puppies are at home, once they have mastered the knowledge of the owner, it is time to practice leaving them alone at home.
Before leaving the dog in the box alone, make sure that the dog goes to the bathroom and does a lot of aerobic exercises. Start with a short 20-30 minute outing, and then gradually increase the time. Never leave your dog in a crate for more than 4 hours at a time (if your dog is less than 6 months old, do not leave it for 3 hours). If you have to exceed this time, someone needs to give your dog rest, then go back to the bathroom and stretch your legs to the bathroom.
As your dog adapts to its crate, they may even learn to love it and look for it as a safe place to rest and relax. Keep the dog’s crate door open during the day and establish it as a good place for them to settle down when they are at home. This will help your dog quickly relax in the crate when leaving the house.
The crate not only provides space for your dog to use their own but also allows you to rest assured that when you need to use it, the dog is safe and can rest.