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How to Crate Train A Pet in an Easy Way

Crate training your pet doesn’t have to be a daunting task. In fact, with the right approach, it can be a straightforward and rewarding process for you and your furry friend. 


Whether you’re looking to housebreak your new puppy or provide a safe space for your pet while you’re away, this guide will walk you through the easy steps of crate training. 


These simple tips will help your pet feel comfortable and secure in their crate, making it a positive part of their daily routine.


What is Crate Training?


Crate training involves teaching your pet to view their crate as a safe and comfortable space. It can aid in housebreaking, provide a secure area when you're not home, and reduce anxiety. 


Selecting the correct crate size and type ensures your pet's comfort and well-being.


How to Choose the Right Crate?


When choosing a crate, ensure it is large enough for your pet to stand, turn around, and lie comfortably. Proper size and ventilation are critical factors in making the crate a welcoming space.


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Introducing the Crate to Your Pet


Start by making the crate an inviting place for your pet, simply follow these steps:


Step 1: Placement


Place the crate in a familiar and comfortable area where your family spends time. This helps your pet feel included and secure.

  

Step 2: Encouragement


Use treats and toys to encourage your -pet to explore the crate without forcing them inside. Positive reinforcement is essential, and then how? 



You can put your pet’s meals inside the crate to create positive and familiar experiences for them when starting something new. Feed your pet’s meals inside the crate to create positive experiences 


Step 3: Short Periods


Begin with short intervals of crating while you're at home. This will help your pet gradually get used to the space.



Establishing a Crate Routine


Developing a consistent crating schedule that aligns with your pet's daily routine is vital. Try these steps!


Step 1: Regular Feeding


Initially, feed your pet near the crate, then gradually move the food inside to create a positive association.


Step 2: Gradual Increase


Slowly increase your pet's time in the crate, starting with short durations and extending them as your pet becomes more comfortable.



Overcoming Common Challenges


Global Paws can relate to some challenges in crate training your pet, but it can be a smooth and rewarding process for you and your pet. We’ll guide you through the everyday challenges of crate training with simple, easy-to-follow steps. 


If your furry friend whines, is reluctant to enter the crate, or experiences separation anxiety, we've got practical tips to make crate training a positive experience. 


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Dealing with Whining


Respond to whining without reinforcing negative behaviour. Ensure your pet is comfortable and not distressed. Provide a distraction, such as a toy or a treat. Give your pet a chance to settle down and be quiet. 


Afterwards, reward your pet with a treat or praise them when they stop whining.


Building Positive Associations


Engage in activities and games that make the crate a positive and enjoyable place for your pet. To create a fun and inviting atmosphere, you can start by placing your pet's favourite toys or treats inside the crate. 


Play games like hide-and-seek with the crate. In this game, you hide treats or toys inside for your pet to find. This makes the crate an existing space and helps your pet associate it with positive experiences.


Another effective method is to use the crate during short, positive training sessions. Teach your pet to enter the crate on command using a cue like "crate" or "bed," followed by a treat or praise when they comply. 


Over time, your pet will see the crate as a rewarding and comfortable space.

It's also helpful to spend time near the crate, engaging in calm activities such as reading or watching TV, to help your pet feel relaxed and secure with you nearby. 


By gradually increasing the time your pet spends in the crate and ensuring that each experience is positive, you'll foster a robust and positive association with the crate, making it a place your pet is happy to spend time in.


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