The crate is the easiest, most practical tool to manage a dog in the home, and if there is space for it, in the car. We see about 6-10 clients every week for basic obedience to problem behaviors such as reactivity.
One of the first questions I ask is: ‘How often is your dog in the crate?’
The answers are mixed between:
Here are some reasons you SHOULD be using a crate:
How to get started:
If your dog struggles going into a crate or you have a new puppy, then check out Susan Garrets Crate Games to help you with crate training. Feed your dog all their meals in the crate. Make it a comfortable place with a bone or two. Have one crate for sleeping and one for ‘hanging out’ in during the day. Structure your dogs’ day having crate time between playing, training & exercise.
So when can you start to fade the crate out?
Not so fast....once a dog has matured, can move about the house & life in a respectful way the crate can be fluid. You can crate as you need to when you need to. Teach your dog a 'Place' command and use place as a middle man for the crate to ease the dog into having more freedom. If you have multiple dogs, then you should plan on crating more often to ‘rest’ the pack and to keep dynamics in check. The crate can be a part of your dogs entire life. Some dogs (even old ones) like to have a place of their own