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How to crate train your dog

As published in Canadian Dogs Annual
How to crate train your dog

A crate is the perfect place for your puppy or dog to sleep and spend quiet time.

It can be his personal property and a favourite refuge – as long as it’s not abused. If you decide to crate train your dog, be sure to carefully consider the following dos and don’ts:

DO crate train a dog while he’s still a puppy.

DON’T shut an adult dog in a crate if he’s never had any experience with one before.

DO remove your dog’s collar, leash or any jewelry or clothing.

DO put a proper pad in the bottom of the crate for comfort.

DON’T use blankets or sheets.

DO ensure the crate is large enough for the dog to comfortably stand, turn around, and lie flat in.

DO make sure the door is securely shut and locked.

DO inspect the crate regularly for any holes, chew marks or pieces broken off.

DON’T leave in object such as bones or toys with parts that might be chewed off and choked on.

DON’T leave your dog alone in his crate for long periods.

DON’T crate a dog with unresolved separation anxiety; he could panic when you leave and injure himself trying to get out.

Remember that a puppy is like a small child, so even while he’s in his crate you need to consider his safety!

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