How long to use a crate for a puppy?

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Crate training

Keeping a puppy in one of these things for house breaking is crate training at its most basic. They will learn to hold it rather than soil it. Crating is used with adult dogs to keep them out of harms way.

Annalise is aware of all this. She worked as a dog trainer. The crate is good for both the owner and the dog.

She said that regardless of how old the dog is, you need a crate because it is their safe space.

I didn’t know how long to use a crate. No more than four hours for a puppy and less than all day and night for an adult. I know people who use them at work or school. I asked if it was ok to work 8 hours a day.

She said it was fine. As long as the crate is introduced correctly. If they were freaked out in the crate and had separation anxiety, they need to see a trainer.

I called a bunch of other trainers and they all said that even an 8-hour work day is fine with proper training. The crate is relaxing for dogs.

They are den animals. It makes them feel safe. It is a place for them to go. The wolves were in caves and dens.

She is referring to adenning instinct.

Dogs seek out confined spaces and make dens out of them, like their wolf ancestors. The denning instinct goes all over. Trainers talk about it all the time. The first line of the dog crating page is from The Humane Society.

Even though I kept running into it, I couldn’t figure out where the denning instinct idea came from. Whose research?

Love is not enough, dogs need our presence

He said that their love for animals is not enough. If our condition isn’t enough, we might think that our love for that animal isn’t enough. It probably isn’t.

He says I can really and truly love my pet, but this love does not correspond to empathy.

Siracusa says something else about the crate and dog ownership.

The crate shouldn’t be the norm and that’s not just because it’s small. You can give the dog the run of the house or leave it in the backyard. Dogs need our presence more than space. They need us.

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He said that selection has twisted the sociability of dogs and oriented them towards humans.

Through domestication. For thousands of years, we chose dogs that loved us the most and wanted to be near us the most.

He said that the animal is dependent on them to pee, poop, eat and do anything.

Humans and dogs need each other. Studies show they prefer us over other dogs.

Siracusa says there is a danger that the crate can become an excuse to stay out later. I can end up thinking my dog is in a crate. He likes it and it is locked. He can’t tear up the couch.

‘Just don’t put the dog down’

Annalise was the trainer I spoke with earlier. I told her that this is not real. I told her about Italy and Sweden.

She tells me there is more at stake.

A lot of the dogs I trained were going to be euthanized.

Trainers would tell owners that their pets were out of options.

They said there was nothing else you could do. You have to kill this dog. She said that she was their last resort.

Some dogs did not learn with treats or clicker training. The only thing that worked in these cases was the crate.

She said to not put the dog down if it doesn’t want the treat. That is what kills me.

She says that it got too heartbreaking that Curtin doesn’t train anymore. He wished he could get rid of his dog. Start over with a new one that is easier to use.

Maybe the crate can make dogs easier for us, and maybe it will keep some from getting returned to Rogers at the Morris Animal refuge, or worse, to an overflowing kill shelter.

I still want a dog, but crate or no crate, what is clear is a dog is a bigger commitment than I thought, maybe more than a lot of us think. I am not there yet.

I stayed in the cat room on my way out of the refuge.

I might head back for another look.

There is an editor’s note. Carlo Siracusa’s name was changed in a previous article. It has been corrected.

Should I put a dog bed in the crate?

Older dogs will find it easier to adjust to a crate that is more comfortable. If you want your dog to be able to stand up, lay down and turn around, you need a large kennel. If your dog is housebroken, you don’t need to worry about getting an extra-large crate as long as you don’t move it often.

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A dog should not be locked inside of a crate for more than three hours without a break. Placing a comfortable dog bed inside can help your dog sleep during crate time. Dogs like to den in a dark place. To block out excess light, you may want to place a blanket over a portion of the crate.

How to crate train an adult dog

The first step is step 1.

Begin introducing your older dog to the crate by helping them to form positive associations at their own pace.

There is a The family frequently spends time in the kitchen or living room where the crate should be placed.

There is a At meal time, put the food inside of the crate and leave the door open.

Between meals, give your dog chewies or stuffed food puzzle toys to snack on inside of the crate while the door is open. Return the object to the crate if they carry it elsewhere.

The second step is Step 2.

When your dog is comfortable eating inside of the crate, move on to desensitizing them to the closed door.

There is a When your dog is eating, close the door. When the food is gone, open the door.

You should gradually increase how long you leave the door closed. How much you increase depends on the dog. At first, some will only be able to handle an increase of a few seconds a day. Others may be willing to add one or more minutes at a time.

There is a Pay attention to your dog. If they start to whine, bark or show other signs of distress, you are probably asking for too much. Slow down and take a step back.

Step 3.

If your dog continues to struggle over a period of time, you should add some desensitization training.

Encourage your dog to follow the treat by throwing it inside the crate. Allow your dog to exit the crate by closing the door for a second. Next time, repeat.

Encourage your dog to follow the treat by throwing it inside the crate. Allow your dog to exit the crate by closing the door for five seconds. Next time, repeat.

Continue to increase your time by a small amount of time. The length of each increment should be increased as you progress. For a dog that can comfortably be inside the crate for 10 minutes, you can add at least two minutes to the next training session.

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