A lot of dogs are given away to the pound because the owner does not take the time to train them right. It is possible for a dog that is trained well to become a healthy, happy, and well-adjusted family member. A little bit of time, patience and repetition are all it takes to turn your dog into a more respectful companion.
Crates should feel like a safe place to puppies. So, you should never use them as a way to discipline your dog. Dogs may need to be familiarized with the crate to feel comfortable and secure in it. There are many tricks that you can try to make it easier for both of you. If your puppy doesn’t like being in his crate, put a dog treat or chew bone in it and close the door to keep him out. They will see the toy inside the crate and will want in the crate to get it. When they go inside to get the bone, give them lots of positive reinforcement.
Gradual increments are easiest on your dog when going through crate training. Eventually they will become comfortable with the crate and you can then try to shut the door to the crate. When they allow the door to shut you can give them a treat through the wiring. Only keep the gate closed for short periods of time at first and increase time slowly. If your dog becomes restless, you may be ramping up too quickly.
Timing is critical during training your dog; you need to take the time training, but don’t overdo it. Start with a short session and gradually add more time to it. You will see how long your training sessions should be before you lose your dog’s attention.
As this article has shown, you can effectively train your dog. Making sure to train your dog, show it lots of love and care, and remember that his or her happiness is important. Follow the steps listed above and your dog will become, and remain, an important part of your family.