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When introducing a new puppy to the house, crate training is one of the most important instructions for your pet. Crate training makes the house breaking process easier and allows your puppy to establish a sense of safety and independence. Dog Training Elite includes tips and tricks for crate training in their local puppy training program.
What is Crate Training?
Crate training is the practice of teaching a puppy that a metal or soft cage (crate) is their safe place. This taps into the natural denning instincts of dogs, and they will learn that the crate is their personal spot that they can retreat to when wanted.
In addition to offering dogs a sense of peace and territory, crate training significantly speeds up the house breaking process. Once a puppy learns that their crate is a safe place, or 'den', they will instinctively want to keep this area clean. During house breaking, keeping your puppy inside the crate dramatically reduces accidents. Keep eyes and ears open to your puppy's bathroom signals and quickly bring him or her outside. This will help your puppy learn that outside is the place to go, not inside.
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We base our training around the "Classical Conditioning" model (a.k.a. "Pavlovian" or "respondent conditioning"). This includes developing conditioned or automatic reflexes to commands. In its simplest form (after proper conditioning), when the owner says "sit," the dog automatically sits without thinking about it. Our unique techniques ensure our program is a success no matter what behavior we encounter.
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A learning process that occurs when two stimuli are repeatedly paired; a response that is at first elicited by the second stimulus and is eventually elicited by the first stimulus alone.
Is Crate Training Necessary?
While crate training is not necessary for house breaking, it certainly makes the process easier. Those who choose to housebreak without use of a crate will need more time and more patience when it comes to cleaning up accidents.
Crate training can also improve other aspects of your pet's life. A dog that is used to a crate will feel more comfortable when traveling and have a safe place to retreat during thunderstorms or noisy guests. At Dog Training Elite, we believe that crate training can enhance the life of both dog and owner when done properly.
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Crate Training Tips From Dog Training Elite
- While crating is an important dog training process, we advise you to never leave your dog locked in the crate for more than 2 hours at a time.
- If you must be away from home all day, it's best to drop your dog off with a friend.
- When possible, leave the crate door open so your dog feels free to come and go.
- Add a doggie bed, soft blankets and plush toys so your puppy feels comfortable inside the crate.
- Never use crating as a punishment - this will only teach your dog to fear the crate.
If you are searching for a puppy training program in your local area that includes crate training, contact Dog Training Elite Today.