|Posted by gooddogdc on January 23, 2015 at 6:30 PM|
If you haven’t discovered by now, I LOVE crate training! This is one of my all-time favorite commands. It is really just a modified version of place training, which I also love.
Why does crate training work? It gives you a way to easily manage your dog when visitors come over, it is a low-stress way to transport and travel with your dog, it allows you to bring your dog to places but keep her contained and out of the way. Crate training is a must!
What is crate training? To me, crate training is:
1. Being able to tell your dog to “kennel” from any distance/any room in the house/in any situation, and to have her fly into the nearest crate and stay there until you give a different cue.
2. Crate training is being able to stay in the crate, even with the door open for extended periods of time, such as 1-2 hours.
3. Crate training is being able to stay in a closed crate quietly and calmly for 1-3 hours at a time.
This is obviously a tall order and takes time and consistency to train, but a crate trained dog is so worth it!
Here are a few tips for successful crate training: