Man’s best friend and companion – dogs - are great pets. They are friendly, lovable and above all known for their loyalty. However, rearing a dog has its own sets of challenges and difficulties. And one of the basic challenges that dog owners face is to crate train the little one. It needs plenty of patience and diligence on the part of the dog owner but a very essential task.
Why is Crate Training So Important for A Puppy?
There are reasons why you would use the crate and train them as early as possible.
- It provides the much required ‘me-space’ to the doggy allowing him to snuggle up from time to time. Just as you and me, they need their own warm little space to unwind and curl up and when trained properly the crate becomes their closet.
- The crate is really helpful when it is alone and there’s no human around.
- It also provides the animal with a comfortable space when the house is busy or when it becomes important to put the doggy out of trouble’s way.
- Since the crate becomes its haven if properly trained, it helps when the pup is ill or injured or in case of a vet visit.
- It is easy to transport the dog in the crate, whether using a private vehicle or public transportation.
How to Crate Train A Puppy?
- One of the biggest challenges in crate training is making the dog realize that a crate is a place meant for his comfort and not a cage or enclosure where his freedom will be restricted.
- Associate the crate with something that the dog can positively connect with, say for example food. When you serve its food in the crate, it will be attracted to enter the space and also start to get comfortable over a period of time.
- One effective way for crate training a dog is to encourage it to enter the crate after throwing in a snack inside and then closing the door for a few minutes before opening up and letting it out. When done on a routine basis the dog will start to get tuned to the crate. Over a period of time, the duration of the dog’s stay inside the crate can be increased to make the training more effectual.
It is essential to give the puppy something to munch on to pull him inside the crate and keep him there. More effective it becomes when the pup is hungry and had a potty break or an exercise session just before the tasty munch. Pet owners should also remember not to leave the dog inside the crate for longer durations as it can cause issues later.
Potty Training Dogs
Another important aspect of crate training is to potty train the dog. While the puppy pads for dogs are good for use when the pups are small because they are extremely cozy for the little animal, easy to clean, good to initiate potty training and housebreaking, and is handy when the dog cannot go outside; they cannot be used forever. The dog needs to be weaned off the pads as quickly as possible and fully potty trained.
Dog Litter Boxes
The conventional dog potty litter box is more often used because of their dog-friendly features like higher sidewalls that keep the refuse inside the box. The other style of litter boxes commonly used is the plastic grates where the surface of the grate collects the solid and the liquid passes through to an absorbent material below.
In order to provide dogs with a natural environment during their break time, many manufacturers have introduced litter boxes with live real grass. The grass, in this case, is grown hydroponically, that is without soil. These are environment-friendly unlike the pee pads and the artificial grasses providing the dog with the chance to answer his natural calls in the most natural surroundings.
These innovative products are enabled to putrefy the dog pee and control the odor naturally. They are also super convenient because there is no manual cleaning required. The litter boxes are so designed that they can be used till the grass wears out which is usually 7 days or more.