Dog Crate Training for Large Dogs

Crate training is not a magical solution that’s going to suddenly fix all of the problems that you’re having with your dog. It’s really not that simple. While a large dog crate can help with several of your dog problems, it’s far from a be-all solution.

There are several things that we should first make clear:

  • You shouldn’t ever use your dog crate for punishment. That’s a big no-no and is something that has been found to be extremely detrimental to your dog’s health
  • Leaving your dog in their crate for too long is a terrible idea. This will leave them without the exercise that they so desperately need. Also, a tired puppy is much easier to train!
  • Puppies that are under the age of 7 months really shouldn’t be left alone in their crate for more than 1/2 of their age in hours. So for a puppy that is 6 months old, you don’t want to leave it in their crate for more than 3 hours at a time
  • Crating your dog is an effective means of protecting your property. When your dog is older and can withstand being in a crate for an extended period of time, then it’s a good idea to put them in it when you’re at work

Dog Crate Selection

There are several types of dog crates. Some of the more popular dog crates are made of plastic, fabric, and metal. There’s also a different kind of heavy-duty dog crate that’s known as an indestructible dog crate. The dog crate that you choose to buy should be in order to suit your dog’s needs, not your wallets.

Remember that your puppies are going to grow. You can opt to buy a larger dog crate that comes with a divider. This will let you create a small space for your dog when they’re a puppy, but gradually expand it as they get older.

The Training Process

  1. Slowly introduce your dog to their dog crate. You don’t want to rush things. Popular methods include leaving the door open on the crate at all times, putting the dog’s toys in the crate, and putting treats in the crate
  2. Once your dog is familiar with their crate, have them go in it and shut the door for 5 minutes. Rinse and repeat this several times
  3. Gradually increase the time that they’re in the crate for 5 minutes at a time until you reach 30 minutes. Then you can increase the time in 30 minute intervals.
  4. Patience is the key here. It’s going to take a lot of time to get this down. Also, make sure you’re giving your dog treats every time they leave their dog crate

With the above steps, you’ll easily be able to crate train your dog!

Disclaimer: This post is from one of our customers – Joe at Best Dog Crates and Beds.

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