Crate training uses a dog’s natural instincts as a den animal. A wild dog’s den is his home, a place to sleep, hide from danger, and raise a family. The crate becomes your dog’s den, an ideal spot to snooze or take refuge during a thunderstorm.
- The primary use for a crate is housetraining. Dogs don’t like to soil their dens.
- The crate can limit access to the rest of the house while he learns other rules, like not to chew on furniture.
- Crates are a safe way to transport your dog in the car.
- At canine clubs the use of crates is often mandatory so your dog should freely want to go into his crate at any time.
- Can be a 5 min time out if your dog is feeling a little mischievous but this is NOT as punishment. Your dog should willingly go into his crate and it will just settle them down for a couple of minutes.
Your dogs crate should be a place he goes voluntarily.
Don't leave your dog in the crate too long
A dog that’s crated day and night doesn’t get enough exercise or human interaction and can become depressed or anxious. You may have to change your schedule, hire a pet sitter, or take your dog to a doggie daycare facility to reduce the amount of time he must spend in his crate every day.
Never use the crate as a punishment
Your dog will come to fear it and refuse to enter it.
Puppies under six months of age shouldn't stay in a crate for more than an hour or so at any time
They can’t control their bladders and bowels for that long. The same goes for adult dogs that are being housetrained. Physically, they can hold it, but they don’t know they’re supposed to.