The Importance of Crate Training – Pittsburgh Dog Training Blog
Some people are lucky enough to have a dog that doesn’t mind being left alone during the day. With a puppy pad or a doggy door, they’re able to relieve themselves without any human assistance, and their humans can go to work or out for the day without having to worry about anything except getting home in time to feed their pet. If they have an automatic feeder, they’re all set.
However, many owners aren’t so lucky. Their dogs suffer from separation anxiety. If they leave their pets home alone during the day, they can expect to come back home to chewed furniture or shoes. Their dogs might mess on the floor instead of in their designated space, or they might aggravate the neighbors by scratching, barking, and whining all day.
I’ve also met plenty of dogs who aren’t exactly anxious, but they think they’re a living vacuum cleaner and will get into the trash, eat socks, etc. This issue can’t be ignored, either.
The solution to these issues is crate training.
If the training is done properly, your dog won’t view the crate as a prison but as a safe space–the equivalent of the den their undomesticated counterparts enjoy spending their time in. They’ll feel calm and comfortable in their crate, and you won’t have to worry about coming home to destruction.
I can help you introduce your dog to the crate slowly, in a way that will help them grow accustomed to the space without having them feel trapped and afraid. We’ll find a schedule that works both for you and your dog and supplement the crate training with other training techniques designed to build your dog’s confidence.
Crate training is nothing to feel guilty over. It isn’t locking your dog up while you’re away but rather giving them their own, secure space within the household in which they won’t be bothered by distractions that might otherwise cause them anxiety.
To learn more, give me a call today at 800.649.7297.