If there is one thing you and your new puppy have in common that is the dread caused by the crate. Your puppy fears the crate so much that it starts crying and barking as if his life depended on it every time he sees the crate. And you? You start dreading every visit to the vet and every situation in which you have to get your puppy into the crate and transport him somewhere else. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Elisabeth Weiss is the best dog trainer NYC has to offer and with proper training and patience, your new puppy may even start to like the crate. Imagine not having to go through the horror of running around the house trying to catch your puppy in order to put him into the crate or driving with his horrified and nervous whining in your ears.
Why your puppy should actually like the crate
You may not know it, but it is natural for a dog to like sleeping in an enclosed space. You will often see dogs taking a nap under the table rather than in an open space. They like enclosed spaces because they offer them a sense of security. Out in the wild, dogs will choose to sleep in a den or some other protected area.
The crate represents that enclosed space and it is all a matter of perception if your new puppy fears and hates the crate or loves it. Naturally they should like the crate. But if you or somebody else have forced him to get into the crate the first, this became a traumatic experience for him. Instead of associating the crate with the haven dogs naturally seek, your puppy associated it with trauma, fear and the feeling of helplessness.
How can you change your puppy’s perception?
Even if your puppy hates the crate, you can still change his perception. You will need a lot of patience, but it is worth it. The first thing you should do is make sure the crate is big enough so that the puppy doesn’t feel confined. It should allow him to stand up, stretch and turn around. Also, you need to cover the crate with a blanket so that it offers intimacy and resembles a cosy, dark den.
You can start feeding your puppy in the crate every day, but with the door open. This way he will begin to associate the crate with food and pleasure and it will get accustomed to it. Additionally, you can prepare his bed in the crate, but make sure that you don’t lock the door. If your puppy wants to leave the crate at night, he should be able to do so, or else he will become frustrated and distressed.
These are some of the things you can do in order to change your puppy’s perception about the crate. But you will also need professional help. You will need the help of a dog trainer that, through positive reinforcement methods, will teach your puppy never to fear the crate again. You and the trainer should work together to achieve the desired behaviour in your puppy.
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