Dog training – Crate Training

Published on October 4, 2013 by in Blog


crate training

This is a good article explaining the concept and benefits of crate training for young dogs.  Crate training is a great strategy in dog training.  We crate trained our Golden Retriever, Chase, from the time we got him at 4 months, until about a year old.  He was in his crate when we were away, and at night.  I would come home from work for lunch and walk and play with him, and then Andy would pick our son Connor up at school and come home.  He was in the crate for a maximum of 4 hours at a time during the day(which is great, but they can take more),and for about 8 hours at night.  He was house trained in no time – we kept him in the crate because he was in a serious chewing phase.  Andy felt bad at one point and we tried keeping him confined in the kitchen.  The result was about a 1′ x 1′ piece of laminate covering on our cabinetry being chewed off and ingested, not good for anybody.  We believe it is in everybody’s best interest to keep the dog from ingesting things they shouldn’t (but feel compelled to in their early months).  A puppy is like a toddler – they cannot be left unattended.  We have been reminded of this recently  while boarding a 8 month old Labrador Retriever Puppy that Andy is training (Rocko).  If left unsupervised for even a few minutes, he would try to eat shoes, garbage, anything really.  Even knowing this, we were consistently pulling things away from him.  In fact, he has so much energy, that even when he is exhausted he will continue to engage Chase in rowdy play – we would have to isolate them periodically just so the little guy would rest.  Puppies don’t know their limits, you have to monitor them and make them rest sometimes, the crate is a great place to do that.  Give them a little treat and put them in, and they will recover from all of the puppy frenzied activity.  I am reminded of a neighbor whose dog was very active, but not very attended to – her owner would take her outside and let her bark for 5 minutes straight – looking for her attention, but she would ignore her and talk on her phone.  This dog ended up collapsing and dying on a beach one day.  I always wondered if she had been given fresh water, or made to stop running when tired.  Dogs need our guidance, especially puppies.  Don’t assume it comes naturally to them – some of them, like my neighbor’s dog will push themselves beyond their limits.

Raising a puppy is like raising a child – the more effort you put into it when they are young, the less effort it will be to care for them in the long run.  I feel that way about both of my kids, the puppy and the teenager 🙂

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