Crate Training a Dog – Cuteness Vs the Brain

How hard could crate training a dog be, right? I mean, you’re of above average intelligence and you’re an established authority at work. So how come that cute little furball, who you fell for in a moment of weakness and now resides in your home, won’t do what you want him to do?

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You put your dog in the crate where he’s okay for about 5 minutes. He then starts whining. You go to him and tell him to be quiet. He does for 30 seconds, then starts whimpering again. This time he’s louder, so you become louder. This goes on for a while and before you can start shouting obscenities at him (because that would be bad) you let him out.

The dog.

If you give your dog attention while he is whining, you reinforce the behavior. If you let your dog out of his crate while he is whining he knows just what to do next time he’s in there. He has figured out “Wow, if I make this cool noise and make it come out of my mouth it will bring my owner to me!”

If you’re going to let your dog out of his crate, wait until he’s not whining. If he never seems to take a breath, make a noise somewhere else in the house to distract him enough to cause him to stop. Then let him out.

After spending some time with the dog and pleading that he go back in the crate, you lock him in. Then you leave the house for hours and hours. The dog doesn’t have anything to do so he destroys his bedding as best he can. It was a lot of fun for him.

The dog.

Play with your dog and wear him out before you put him in the crate. Then he’ll be ready for a nap. Also leave him something fun like a safe chew toy. Try one where you can hide a treat inside and he has to work at it to get it out.

You have company coming over and since your dog whines in the crate, you shut him in the bathroom where he won’t be a nuisance. The dog doesn’t whine, he jumps at the door and starts scratching at the door trim.

The dog.

Dogs need to learn to socialize with people. Work on his basic training with “sit”, “stay” and “down” so he will be well-behaved in the presence of company. If you need to put him in his crate, then make sure the crate is positioned so he can see the action and not off in a back bedroom. While a dog is still young and can be destructive, I believe a crate is a safer option for him and your home, rather than a bathroom.