Roblin Animal Hospital/ Red River Spay & Neuter:
Why use a crate?
- It is an excellent aid in housetraining.
- It satisfies and takes advantage of a dog’s denning instinct.
- It provides a safe place for dog to escape to (eg: from kids).
- You can safely confine your dog when he is underfoot (decreasing stress for everyone).
- You know the dog and your house will be safe when left alone.
- The dog can be confined but not "banished" from the area.
- It provides a safe way to travel/transport.
- The dog will be more accepted when traveling (in hotels, etc).
- The dog will be used to confinement in case of a vet stay.
Types of Crates
A choice of wire or plastic construction:
- Great ventilation, easily collapsible.
- May not provide enough security for some dogs.
- Can throw a blanket over it unless dog sees it as a chew toy.
- Some dogs feel more secure in the more enclosed area.
- It is more difficult to see your dog.
- Some are airline approved.
- Should be large enough for the adult of the breed to fit in comfortably.
- Dog should be able to stand up and turn around easily.
- Too big and a puppy can eliminate in one corner and sleep comfortably in another.
- Place in a family frequented area - kitchen, family room.
- Place kennel in bedroom at night.
Crate Training Process
- Encourage your puppy or dog into the crate with treats, feed the dog its meals in it.
- When that is accepted, close the door for a few seconds. Open the door and pet can come out if he chooses.
- Gradually increase the time with the door closed.
- Crate him at night, remembering that a puppy (esp. under 3 months) may need to be let out at night to eliminate.
- Never let your pet out when he is barking or whining --this rewards inappropriate behavior.