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A home of his own within your home is how a dog views a dog crate. It's what to him is a his own safe and secure place that he can go to at the times feels he wants comfort and security. Some, that don't fully understand the benefits of a dog crate, believe that by putting a dog into one is cruel. It only becomes cruel if it is done in a cruel way. An example of this would be if your dog was to remain in the crate for more than a few hours. The fact is that crate training your dog in the correct way is advantageous for both your dog and for you, and you should look for ways to include crate training in you dog training plans.
How To Get Your Dog Into The Crate
You may find initially that your dog just puts his head in a little way and then backs out quickly. That's perfectly normal, just give him plenty of praise and encouragement so that he becomes more comfortable with it all and very soon he will just reach his head it and get the toy or treat.
You will need to repeat this crate training exercise daily, moving the toy or treat further and further into the crate. It would be a good idea as the exercises progress, to place his dog bed into it as well. You may well find that as he becomes more comfortable with the crate he may take time to sit or sleep on the bed and no longer rush to just get the treat.
As time goes on you will find that your dog is comfortable with going into his crate. When he becomes more used to going into it ate sit beside it and stroke him whilst he is inside. This will reinforce the idea to him that being inside it is ok. At this point ensure that the door of the crate remains wide open so as not to make him nervous.
What To Do Now He's In The Crate
In no time at all, your dog will decide that he likes his dog crate and will go to it when feeling at bit insecure or when he wants to sleep. Please remember that when you close the door, always remember to leave him fresh water and don't keep him locked in his crate for long periods of time.
Crate training your dog is not difficult. It just requires you to be patient and tolerant and in a short while you will have a dog that is happy to use it. You will find further useful dog training advice and tips by Clicking Here. Training your dog is as rewarding as it is important. Click Here to learn more.
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