Crates


Crate Training


"The key is to make the crate as attractive as possible. The main things you can do to make it a welcome den for your dog: Use small but yummy treats or, better yet, his favority toy; put the crate in a place in the house where your dog won't feel isolated; and ensure the crate fits him just right.

"And, most important, don't [ever] use it as punishment...

"The crate is a management tool.. you can easily.. establish limits for your dog, particularly if you are away from home for long hours and can't monitor your dog's behavior. A crate can also be a safe haven for your dog when you have a houseful of people.. [also for] thunderstorms, fire works, or other unfamiliar noises...

"A crate can also help housetrain your puppy... makes it easier to monitor when he has to go outside...

"But buy a crate that fits your puppy. If it's too big, he might use part of it as a bathroom...

"What size? Ensure your dog can stand up and turn around in the crate. He also needs to be able to lie down comfortably.

"Initially, keep your dog, particularly a puppy, in the crate for short amounts of time (5 to 10 minutes) while you're home. Sit near the crate until you're sure your dog is comfortable. Then, go to another part of the house for about 15 minutes before returning to check on him, letting him know you haven't abandoned him. Once he can stay in the crate for 30 minutes without anxiety, you can begin leaving the house for short amounts of time...

"But never leave your adult dog in his crate for longer than eight hours...

"If I ever get another puppy, I'd definitely use a crate just to get through the teething stage." (Musgrave, Jane. "Crate Advice: From Wicker to Wire, Your Guide to Selecting and Using a Doggie Den." Dog Fancy, Feb. 2004, 20-25).


Colby Glass, MLIS