March 02, 2021 5 min read
Crate training takes a lot of patience, especially at night. Your dog doesn’t understand why they don’t get to be in the room with you and they are determined to make themselves heard. Whatever you do, you must NOT come running every time that they bark or whine during crane training. That will just show them that they can get what they want by complaining and we definitely don’t want to encourage that.
Today we are going to talk about crate training with a heavy focus on how it is done, why your dog cries in the crate, why you don’t want to punish your dog for barking, and finally, what you can do to help minimize the barking so that you can both get some sleep.
Let’s start with the crate training basics!
Crate training is a good idea for your dog. Aside from teaching them to wait for morning before going to the bathroom, it also helps condition your dog to be well-behaved when they have to stay somewhere due to illness or even natural disasters. There are a few ways to go about it but the best thing to do is to keep things simple.
First, we are going to need an enclosure. You can buy crate enclosures from your pet store, generally collapsible metal or fabric types, or even get creative with baby-barriers. Inside the crate you’ll want a small food and water bowl, a blanket, a favorite toy, and a small, faux grass pad just in case your dog has an emergency. Partial covering of the top with a blanket can help to make your dog more comfortable, as their mothers tend to make or find ‘dens’ for their puppies but this last step is really up to you and probably won’t matter as much to an older dog.
Now, for the actual crate training. This isn’t difficult, only tie-consuming. It’s just going to require a lot of patience. You can crate train your dog using the following 5 steps:
While these simple steps are all that you need there is a good chance that your dog is going to cry a little in protest. You will have to be patient and strong about this, so don’t come running! Your dog will get used to the crate but it will take a little time.
Your dog wants to be with you at all times and the crate is still very new to them, so it’s natural for them to be a little stressed and nervous. While you may have heard that this could be separation anxiety you will need to be patient to be sure. Just try to ‘dog proof’ the crate as much as possible for the dog’s safety in case they keep trying to escape and if they show no signs of getting more comfortable with the crate over a few days then they may need some desensitization training.
When your dog barks at night is very frustrating but you should resist the urge to punish the dog. Your dog just wants to be with you and will not understand it. Patience through this process is going to be key so just ignore the dog for the night or you can give them another Hangry Woof Calming chew to help them relax.
Hangry Woof Calming Chewsare a great way to calm your dog if they start barking in the crate, just don’t overdo it. Your dog loves these treats so you can give them one or two to get them into the crate and then give them a treat one more time 30 minutes after. This should get them sufficiently calm so that you can both get some rest.
Hangry Woof Calming Chews contain the following natural ingredients, packed with delicious peanut-butter flavor to ensure their snacking enjoyment while they get the following natural calming agents:
With the steps that we’ve provided you should be able to get your dog successfully crate trained but we do have one final bit of advice. NEVER use the crate as punishment. You want to encourage your dog to think of the crate as their own private space and if you use it for punishment then they won’t want to go. Just use it as a place where you dog goes when you are out or asleep and everything should be fine.
We wish you and your dog the best!
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