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Q: Crate Training Techniques

April 28, 2009 | By stephanie k. | 10 answers | Expired: 1936 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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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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Ashleyrhoden
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Apr 29, 2009

what I plan to do (i learned this from experience) is have their bed in the crate and when they go in, they each get a chew treat, like a kong or something else to keep them happy for a while, but that will be the only time they get it, they will be in the crate if we are all gine (rarely) and then as well at bed time. They will also have a "quiet time" (the same as my daughters) from 1-3 where its nap time....and I will be taking thm out to potty every 2 hours during the day and once in the middle of the night if needed.

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Donna S.
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Apr 28, 2009

One important item to point out is to always make sure that the crate is not too big or too small. There should be just enough room for the dog to stand and turn around. Any bigger and the dog will eliminate in a corner where it can get away from the mess. I have crate trained all of my dogs and it takes alot of patience. NEVER shove your dog into the crate. It has to be a pleasant experience. NEVER use the crate as punishment. It is their home away from home.

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Animals7are5mylife
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Apr 28, 2009

I crate trianed my dog when she was younger. We did put the blanket over her crate. Which we think made her feel more safe. When you get home if you have enough time you should talk her/him for walks or quick runs at a local park or just down the street. hope these tips work:] they helped us:]

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Azzurrapl
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Apr 28, 2009

I agree with everyone here - but - I don't use a crate for my dog anymore. I had one when he was a pup and I kept the door open all the time so he could go in and out as he pleased and then at night - I would close the door. I never left him in his crate for more then - maybe 2 hours tops .... But, then he outgrew the crate and I didn't replace it. Good Luck with your dog!

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Midwestwoman
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Apr 28, 2009

I assume you have a wire crate....I cover the top and most of two sides of my wire crate - it makes the crate cozier. There are no "shoulds" as far as covering goes - it's what feels good to you and your dog. The reason I throw a blanket over the top and most of the sides is to make it more den-like. My dog goes in and out as she pleases. My cat and my dog's doggie pal even join her in the crate! I have my crate beside a window so my dog can peer outside when she's crated and not get too bored.

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Emily B.
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Apr 28, 2009

actually, it can be necessary, particularily if the pup comes from a shelter where they are allowed to deficate and urinate on the floor of their kennel. We had this problem with charlie.. he didn't see his crate as a den, he saw it as a kennel, and would use it as a bathroom, and then mush around in it and spread it, literally, all over the room. when we started covering the crate, this behavior almost completely stopped overnight. when you do crate your dog, make sure it has some chew toys or you could end up with the blanket ripped to shreds.. not fun :D

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Mary C.
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Apr 28, 2009

I also agree with the other comments, I don't feed my dogs their meals in the crate but they do get a small treat(training treat) when it is time to go in. I also always keep water in a hanging cup available . I don't cover the crate but it makes sense if you needed to. Your dog should feel comfortable in his crate, put a blanket and toys in there for him. My dogs go running in the crate when I open the door, I don't even have to say anything. My dogs were not even puppies when I started with the crate, I had to when I started working full time, so if you do it right I'm sure you can crate train any dog.

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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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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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