A common saying goes that ‘a dog is man’s best friend’, indeed dogs are the closest animals to men. Eight out of Ten houses house at least one dog. It’s quite disheartening that a whole lot of dog owners or pet owners just keep and feed the dog without training it to be useful to them. Quite a number of them do train their dogs but they do it the wrong way, providing the wrong results. Only a few actually train their dogs properly. This article provides you with guidelines to training your dog.
Training your dog at home is called House Training. It is more productive when you train a puppy; there is more time to train the puppy, and the puppy wouldn’t be accustomed any habits yet.
CRATE TRAINING – This is a method of House Training. A crate keeps your dog restricted when you are not chanced to supervise it. This will reduce the risk of dog accidents in your home. There are types of crate to choose from, but the wire crate is the most used of them all. It is adjustable in size and it also allows the dog to see its surroundings. It is believed that this helps your dog get used to a place of its own.
- Introduce your dog to using the crate slowly and make sure the base of the crate is soft. Keep the door of the crate open, use dog toys and treats to lure the dog in, but never force it in. Allow the dog to get used to it naturally.
- Confine your dog in the crate with care to his feelings. Yes, dogs do have feelings. When your dog goes into the crate, lock it in and wait to see how long it takes before he struggles to be free, then let it go. Continue this, increasing the period of the lock in and taking note of the progress.
- You can now start leaving it in the crate for longer than he is used to, but make the process gradual. However, as you do this; keep in mind that the crate should be a sort of home and do not use it to punish the dog.
- Also, do not let the dog out when it barks. Give it attention, but open the crate only when it is calm.
- Allow the dog to have time to pee, poo and walk with you. Dogs should be able to spend 3 – 4 hours at a time in their crates. Give it some free time to exercise and also play with you.
People have argued that keeping a dog in a crate is like keeping a baby in a cot which could be termed as just ‘wicked’. Such assumption can only be made when you have only a little knowledge of dogs and their behavioral patterns. Dogs are territorial an crate training them will only help them have a place of their own, keep the house organized and also help the keeper reduce the risk of having mini accidents all over the house.