The Importance of  Crate Training

While working with my colleague, a dog trainer in Asheville we talked about crate training, and our clients beliefs on the matter. Many people don’t feel comfortable crate training their dog, and who can blame them? From our point of view, it looks like we’re sending them to doggy jail. If you have a labrador or any other dog with a naturally sad face, you may feel especially guilty. But the crate shouldn’t be viewed as a prison by us or our canine companions, and if the crate training is done correctly, it won’t be.

The crate is a great tool in tackling a number of behavioral problems, from housebreaking to separation anxiety. Dogs are naturally reluctant to eliminate in their “dens” and if proper training is performed, your dog will come to view the crate as their den–as a safe space to which they can retreat when they feel stressed or a place they don’t mind spending time if you need to leave the house for a while.

Some owners believe the crate actually increases separation anxiety as some dogs are prone to whine, bark, and scratch in the crate. This is understandable, but this only occurs when training hasn’t been executed properly. Common errors include crating for an excessive length of time, failing to introduce the dog to the crate gradually, having a crate that’s the wrong size, and keeping the crate in a less than ideal part of the home.

If your dog is having trouble housebreaking, chews your belongings while you’re away, or shows signs of separation anxiety in your absence, crate training could be the solution for you. I can help to ensure your dog is properly introduced to the crate and that his or her training is a success. No guilt, no drama.

If you feel your dog could benefit from crate training, or you’d simply like more information, give me a call today at 215.709.2560.