Sometimes it may feel as though you brought home Cujo instead of Lassie! However, there’s still hope! A bit of training goes a long way in reducing bad dog behavior.
There are many ways to make crate training more comfortable and successful for your new puppy or dog. If your puppy seems reluctant about entering the crate, place a chew toy inside and close the door to the kennel. As soon as they smell the tempting treat, they will want to get into the crate to enjoy it. When he finally goes into the crate to retrieve the toy, shower the dog with praise.
Crate train your puppy in small steps, so that the training is most effective. When your dog appears to be at ease while inside the crate with the door ajar, you can help him adjust to the crate even further by slowly latching the door and rewarding him with treats fed to him through the spaces between the wires. Keep the gate closed for short periods of time, and work your way up to longer times. Freaking out your dog is a sign that you need to slow down.
If you have a focal point for your dog to pay attention to, he will ignore all other distractions he would normally be tempted to watch. If you get your dog to focus on you, it will help his behavior.
Use the right size crate for effective crate training. Keep in mind, puppies do not stay small forever. Choose a crate that can grow with him. Generally speaking, your pet should be able to circle, sit and sleep without discomfort.
Give your dog a word that tells them they’re doing the right thing. For example, using the word “yes” can let your dog know they can retrieve their reward.
Don’t overdo your training sessions, keep them brief and interesting for best results. Dog attention spans only go so far, so make sure not to go on too long. Try to limit initial training sessions to 10 minutes or less.
Most dog owners are surprised at how simple it is to include dog training routines into their lifestyle and how fast they see results. So if the relationship with your dog is not as good as it should be, try a few of these suggestions.