Crate Training

crate training

 

“Your puppy or dog’s crate should be one of her favorite places to hang out…IF you introduce it to her properly.”

Using a crate to confine your pup is extremely helpful in training your puppy proper behaviors. His crate keeps him safe when you can’t be watching him, prevents destructive chewing, helps with house training and provides a cozy rest area when he needs some much needed sleep! If you follow the directions below you will be able to use his crate to develop proper manners and much desired household behaviors.

Another way to keep your puppy safe and out of trouble is to create a play area with plenty of chew toys that includes his crate for sleeping. Here you can also include a toilet area in the farthest corner away from the crate and a water dish in the other corner. You can create this by enclosing the space with an exercise pen or putting this all in a small room, such as a laundry or mudroom. Your puppy should be here when you can’t supervise him to limit mistakes and accidents. It is your responsibility to teach your puppy what you want him to do and if he has unsupervised, free run of the house before he has proper indoor manners you will make your job MUCH harder.

Teaching your puppy to LOVE his crate is easy to do if you include lots of positive reinforcement in your training. You can use a chew toy stuffed with his favorite treats, such as a KONG, to help. Show your pup the stuffed toy and let him sniff and lick it so he knows what it is. Then place it in the crate about half way in and shut the door, keeping your pup outside of the crate so he can’t get it but can see it. When your pup is trying hard to get at the toy in the crate, open the door and let him in. You can do this with also by throwing in a few treats on the bottom of the crate for him to find and eat. Close the door and let him stay in there a few minutes at a time or until he has finished his treats. Increase time slowly and be sure NOT to open the door when he wants you to. Do NOT open the crate when he is whining or crying. Opening the door when he is acting fussy only reinforces the fussiness and teaches him that is what he needs to do to get you to open the door. Watch him closely while he his eating his teats and open the crate when he is close to finishing the treats and is still happy and quiet.

puppy love

Constance Dwyer, CABC
Certified Animal Behavior Consultant
copyright 2013 – Constance Dwyer – all rights reserved

Upcoming Events

Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
6:00 pm
Monte Carlo Casino Night Save the Date! Saturday, March 16th 2019 $50 for dinner, entertainment, raffles, prizes, & casino games! Early bird ticket sales receive a signature glass & drink! Tickets: https://form.jotform.com/70222519695156
Best Western
12:00 am
Tioga Downs Golf Club

Save A Life

ACS needs your help to save more lives! Together we can make a difference.

The AnimalCare Sanctuary is a platinum-level GuideStar participant, demonstrating commitment to transparency.
The Animal Care Sanctuary has received GuideStar's platinum-level rating, for the highest level of transparency.

Connect

Sign up to receive emails from Animal Care Sanctuary, full of compelling animal stories and news

Visit ACS East Smithfield

Animal Care Sanctuary

GPS Location (No Mail):
353 Sanctuary Hill Ln,
East Smithfield, PA 18817
Mailing Address:
PO BOX A
East Smithfield, PA 18817
Phone: 570-596-2200
Fax: 570-596-2222

Adoption Hours

Monday: Closed
Tue-Sun: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Veterinary Clinic Hours

Monday through Friday:
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
by appointment only
Clinic Phone: 570-596-2270

Visit ACS Wellsboro

ACS Wellsboro

11765 US-6,
Wellsboro, PA 16901
Phone: 570-724-3687
Fax: 570-724-8116

Adoption Hours

Tuesday - Sunday: Noon - 4:00 pm

Veterinary Clinic Hours

Tuesday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
by appointment only
Clinic Phone: 570-724-3687

Animal Surrender

Dog Surrender & Behavioral Questions
570-596-2200  Option 6
Email:
behavior@animalcaresanctuary.org

Cat Surrender
570-596-2200 Option 5
Email:
eblade@animalcaresanctuary.org

Visit Online Pharmacy