January 22, 2011 at 6:19 pm #14595spcvanessenParticipant
I have a 6 month old female pibull mix name bella she comes form a home that had a fence in backyard and all they did was open the slider door. She has not been crate tranied and im scared to leave her in it when we leave becaue she might hurt her self. Just to day while cleaning the house i put her in her create. She whinde alot after about 30 mins she calm down and was laying down chewing her peanut butter bone. after 10 mins of her being good i let her out and gave her a treat and prasied her. I leave the door open all day and a toy for her am i doing the right thing and any other help would be great.January 23, 2011 at 10:06 am #16574houch105Participant
crate training is the best thing for your dog it stops your house getting trashed when your not in and its a safe place for your dog to stay your dog will soon get the hang of it .January 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm #16577KaylasMomParticipant
You are right on track with what you are doing! Crate training is SO important, especially for young pups like yours. Make sure that the crate is always used as a positive tool and NOT for punishment! That is SO important!
To get your pup used to the crate, I would start out by feeding meals close to the crate door, and gradually start feeding your pup in the crate. The whole key is to have your pup associate the crate with GOOD things and not bad things. Make sure that you pair a word such as “crate” as a command when your pup goes into the crate on her own. NEVER FORCE YOUR DOG INTO THE CRATE! That will only harm any progress that you have accomplished and will hurt your relationship with Bella.
Throughout the day, toss some incredibly yummie treats in the crate, and using the word “crate”, have Bella go in the crate. Give her a few seconds in the crate before shutting the door. If she cries, let her do it. Ignore her! By giving in to the crying and opening the crate door will reinforce that all she needs to do is whine to get out. Then she will cry all the time! That isn’t what you want. Be careful giving her a treat when you let her out. That may cause Bella to cry more, as she is expecting a treat when she is let out of the crate. I would just let her out and acknowledge her after a few minutes after she calms down from the excitement of being let out. Just being let out of the crate is good enough for her!
Toss fun toys in the crate so she has to play “find it”. Make the crate training a game.
After awhile, start leaving her in the crate for short periods. When you come home to open the crate, make sure Bella is CALM, and make sure that you do not make a huge scene when letting her out. What I mean is, don’t love all over her, give her treats, talk baby-talk, etc. You want to make your comings and goings as uneventful as possible. That helps curb all the excitement and potential separation anxiety that so many dogs face these days. It sounds harsh, but our excitement to see our dogs and their excitement combined is a powerful combination that can lead to a lot of problems.
When you leave, a good idea is to toss some yummy treats in the crate for Bella. Soon, she will associate you leaving with snacks! I do not crate my dog (she has never destroyed anything in our house and does nothing wrong), but I still give her a few snacks EVERY time that we leave the house. It just reinforces that us leaving is ok!
Since you have a puppy, you need to watch what you put in the crate when she is in there and you are gone. Pups are chewers as you know, so you don’t want your pup destroying anything while she is in her crate and swallowing something she shouldn’t. A good idea is a strong Nylabone for chewing or a Kong toy. With a Kong toy, you can fill it with all kind of yummies and it gives Bella something to do for awhile while you are gone. Filling a Kong with soft food and then freezing it is even more fun for the dogs! I have frozen Kongs in my freezer at all times. Most dogs will sleep during the day, so once she is done with her snacks, she will snooze.
As long as you make the crate training a positive experience, never force her in there, never yell at her for crying (just ignore), and never use the crate as punishement, you will have success! Crates are our friends!
Best of luck!!January 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm #16601adeliaParticipant
You doing the good thing.
I actually used this training for like a year and a half, and it worked very well. Our dog was free when we were home, and as soon as we had to leave or to go to bed, we would put him in his crate. At first it was very difficult, but then with time, love and encouragment, he would go inside by himself.
You should try to only give him treats inside it, so he can associate the crate training to a good thing.
And as our friend said, never punish him or force him to go inside. And NEVER, EVER, look at him when he barkes and cries inside. Also, only open him when he is in a calm and relaxed mode.
Hope this will help.February 22, 2011 at 3:50 am #16810StevenkumpfParticipant
So my question is to you crate when you are work? Between the last person leaving the house we are gone about 7 hours three days a week. Is that too long to be crated? Porkchop sleeps in our bed at night. Is this a bad thing for him?
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