Crate training can be challenging for even the most experienced dog-owners. One of the most significant factors that deter owners from completing full crate training is the loud vocalization from dogs who aren’t happy about being locked away. We’ve gathered a few handy tips to follow if your dog constantly barks in his kennel, as it’s important to fully commit to crate training him. Read on to learn more!
Make the Crate Comfortable
Ideally, the end goal of crate-training is to get your dog accustomed to, and happy with, being in the crate. Instead of solitary confinement, the dog will see the crate as his own private room where he can go to relax.
To accomplish this, make sure there is something soft to lie on, like a blanket or dog bed, and a few extra amenities – puzzles, toys, or a favorite plushie will make him more at ease. If your pup is crated for longer than two hours, consider leaving a crate-mounted water dish, so he doesn’t get too thirsty. If your dog enjoys being in the space, he’ll be less likely to bark and fuss about it, and you’ll enjoy a quieter home.
If being in a crate is new for your dog, it’ll take him a while to get used to it. Don’t worry – that’s normal! To make it easier on him, build up his crate tolerance by introducing crate time slowly. Instead of putting him in the crate for a full night the first time, start in one minute increments. When the minute is up, allow your dog to leave the crate and praise him. If your pup starts to bark while in the crate, he is being left in there for too long. If he is consistently reassured that you will allow him to leave the crate, he won’t be afraid he’s stuck there forever and will be able to calm down.
Take a Potty Break
When your dog starts barking while in the crate, don’t scold him or take him out to play; instead, you want to teach your dog exactly what barking in the crate will get him – a boring bathroom break. When you take him out of the crate, put a leash on immediately and take him outside for just two to three minutes. Go back inside when the time is up, whether he went to the bathroom or not. Finally, return him to his crate. Try not to speak to or pet him. You want him to understand that the only attention he will get from barking is a two-minute trip outside. This has the added benefit of training him to communicate when he does need to go out.
Contact Argos Dog Training for Help
Whether you’ve adopted a young puppy or you have an adult dog companion, crate training can be challenging, but it is a necessity. If you need assistance, Argos Dog Training is here to help! As the expert dog trainers in the Boston area, our professionals will help both you and your furry friend enjoy a happy home life together. Check out our list of dog training classes, including group and private sessions. Get in touch with us by filling out an online form or call us at 617-302-7467 today.