Getting Your Dog Used To The Crate

Follow these steps to get your dog adjusted to the crate. Tell your dog to go into the crate, give him a treat, close the door, and tell him what a good boy he is, and then let him out again. Each time you do this, leave Felix in the crate a little longer with the door closed, still giving a treat and telling him how great he is.

Finally, put him in the crate, give a treat, and then leave the room, first for five minutes, then ten minutes, then fifteen minutes, and so on. Each time you return to let him out, tell Felix how good he is before you open the door.

How long can you ultimately leave your adult dog in a crate unattended? That depends on your dog and your schedule, but ideally it should not be more than three to four hours during the day. Although many dogs seem content to stay in a crate for most of the day while their owners are at work, shorter periods are preferable. Some dog owners who need to crate their pets for long periods are fortunate enough to have a neighbor come in during the day to let the dog out for awhile and give him a chance to stretch his legs and relieve himself (see chapter 5 for specifics on housetraining).

A WORD OF CAUTION

A crate should never be used as a form of punishment. If it is, your dog will begin to dislike the crate, and it will lose its usefulness to you. The old "go to your room without supper" approach does not work any better with dogs than it does with children.

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