Why Crate Train Your Dog?
How to Crate Train Your Dog: The Weekend Plan continued...
Repeat the exercise as often as possible before bedtime, with exercise and
potty breaks in between training times. Try to build up to leaving your dog in
her crate, home alone, for an hour or two.
Crate training can be challenging for some dogs, so don’t hesitate to enlist
the help of a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT) in your area. A professional
trainer will offer group or private classes that can provide lots of help with
crate training. Please see our article, Finding Professional
Help, to locate a CPDT near you.
My Dog Makes Noise in the Crate
Although it might be difficult, resist the urge to yell at your dog if she
complains in her crate. She might respond by quieting down-but the attention
from you, even though it’s negative attention, might increase her
barking and whining instead. Scolding might also upset your dog, and you want
to make her time in the crate as stress-free as possible. It’s also crucial to
avoid breaking down and releasing your dog from the crate when she’s making
noise. Doing this will send her a clear message: If she barks and whines long
enough, you’ll eventually let her out! The key is to teach your dog that you
won’t let her out of the crate if she’s making noise-but you will
reward her with treats or let her out if she stops.
However, if you have a young puppy, she might not be able to sleep through
the night without having to eliminate. If your puppy whines in the middle of
the night and you think she might need to go out, do let her out of the
crate. Then you can take her directly to the place where you’d like her to
eliminate and wait. If she doesn’t go within a minute or two, take her back
inside and return her to her crate. Don’t let her romp around during the potty
break. You don’t want her to learn that if she whines in her crate, you’ll take
her out for playtime!