By Tracy Baldwin (ABCDT) for Rebound Hounds
Crates are one of the most important and beneficial tools we, as dog guardians, have at our disposal. Crates are useful for management of our dogs when we are house training them and for keeping our dogs safe when we can’t watch them. Crates are a useful tool when we have a dog who is experiencing behavioral issues such as; nervousness, territorial issues, pacing, separation anxiety and if they are not yet trustworthy to be left free without chewing inappropriate items. Dogs are den dwelling animals and crates are the modern alternative to the dens they would have in the wild. When introduced properly, our dogs will view the crate as a safe, cozy place to be calm and relax. A place that is free from stress where they can retire to when they begin to feel overwhelmed.
As with any and all training, the keys to success are; PATIENCE, CONSISTENCY AND CLEAR COMMUNICATION.
Remember to ignore any shenanigans. Most dogs will settle down quickly once they realize they will not get any attention for acting up.
For the small percentage of manic, crazy dogs, push the crate against a wall (side and back), place a piece of furniture on the exposed side and place something heavy on top. Once the dog realizes his attempts of escape are futile, he will give up and settle down.
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