Crate training aims to reinforce and enhance dogs' natural instincts as den animals. Crates are considered as dogs' home where they eat, sleep, raise a family and hide from danger. Dogs find comfort, safety and security in their crates, serving as their den. Crate training is considered as house training, limiting their access to the rest of the house, learning house rules such as not chewing on furniture or soiling their dens. Remember that dog crate is not a magical tool for controlling your dog's behavior and crate training may lead to feeling of frustration is used incorrectly.
Do not use dog crates as a form of punishment, otherwise dog won't perceive it as a comfortable home, but rather a dangerous and threatening dungeon. Avoid leaving your dog in his crate for too long, because it causes lack or exercise and human interaction, making your dog anxious or depressed. Hire a baby sitter, take him to a dog day care center, or change your schedule to decrease the time your dog spend on his crate. Puppies, especially under six months of age should not stay in their crates for more than 3 to 4 hours at a time because they cannot control their bladder and bowel movements for that long, and same is true with untrained adult dogs. It is advisable to crate your dog the time you are confident that they won't destroy the house, and eventually it should be a place dogs can go voluntarily. Learn more about dog crates at http://www.ehow.com/pets/dogs/dog-supplies/.
Dog crates at www.puppicks.com come in different materials such as plastic or flight kennels, fabric on a rigid and collapsible frame or metals collapsible pens. They also come is various sizes and are widely purchased on pet supply catalog or pet supply stores. The dog crate must be large enough for them to turn around and stand up, and purchase as adult size crate even if your dog is still growing. Depending on your dog's age, past experiences and temperament, crate training may take days or weeks, and it should always be associated with something pleasant, taken in gradual and small steps.
It is a good idea placing the PupPicks dog crate in area where you spend a lot of time with your family such as your family room for introducing the crate to your dog, and put a soft towel or blanket. Open the door and let your dog explore, as your dog becomes curious and enters the crate, talk to them in a happy tone, and you can put small treats nearby to encourage your dog to enter his crate. Never force your dog to enter his crate, it takes time and patience to eventually encourage him to do so.Feel free to check our homepage for more information about pet care.