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Q: Crate Training Techniques

April 28, 2009 | By stephanie k. | 10 answers | Expired: 1960 days ago

stephanie k.

I have been crate training my pet to potty train him even though it has always been a hard concept for me to do. I don't like the idea of leaving him in a crate during the day. However, someone recently just told me that not only should you leave them in the crate but you should cover it on the sides leaving only the front open for them to see so it is like a den. I read this online, but is this truly necessary? it just seems unpleasant to me.

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Dennis S.
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Apr 28, 2009

A crate if treated correctly can become a place of great comfort to your pet. I have fed my pets in the crate and when I would say time for bed they would rush to the crate because they knew it was treat time so it became a place where good things happened. I haven't used a towel or blanket but I can see where it could be of use to create a den like atmosphere. I think your 1st step has to be changing your own mindset. You don't like the crate and dogs being so wonderfully intuitive may be picking up on your vibes....................Dennis

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Lherbertson
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Apr 28, 2009

I agree with the earlier comment. If you are going to use a crate, change your mindset. Otherwise don't bother. I covered the sides of the crate for my puppy to indicate when it was bed time. Other times, I just cover the top with a towel. I don't think it's necessary for all pets. I covered the crate because I didn't want my puppy to look all around and not sleep.

Remember, don't respond to whining. Don't give affection when the crate door opens. It's not a happy, good thing to be out of the crate. Treat the crate as your dog's safe place, the corner of the house that is his alone.

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jackie
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Apr 30, 2009

i have 7 dogs and all of them are crate trained they are all small dogs and when i go to work i do crate them because they r like kids and will fight if i am not here. they know when i say everyone go home they all will go rite to there crate. it is not punishment at all and even when i am home and there doors r open some of them will lay in there crates.they all have therir own food bowl so they do eat in there crates they will go to there crates as soon as they see the food coming out I dont cover there crates that way they can see each other during the day.

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