Train Your Dog To Love Its Pen

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Train Your Dog To Love Its Pen And Den

Don’t push your pup in a crate, shut the door and expect it to be happy. You need to train it to love its crate and that’s fast and simple when you use treat-filled chew-toys.

Most pups find liver treats (available in reception) intensely attractive so offer your puppy a piece . Assuming it’s dog-normal and wolfs it down, put more morsels just inside the closed door of the crate (which is inside its play pen) with your pup on the outside of the crate’s closed door. Almost invariably, it’ll want to get in. Let it into the crate to eat the treat. Now, put the liver treat in a chew-toy and let it work to get at it. Once it understands this new dog-job, repeat the closed door routine with the treat-filled chew-toy inside the crate, again letting it in to work on the chew-toy to get at the treat. Whenever you leave your puppy in its play pen, leave treat-filled chew-toys inside its crate. This gives your pup the option of staying in its pen or willingly entering its crate to find the delectable tasting chew-toys. Either cheese spread or peanut butter inside the chew-toy will keep it busy.

Remember:

  • A crate is not a prison; it’s the pup's private place, its personal den. A den is as important for your dog as a bed is for a child.
  • Place comfortable bedding in the crate. Synthetic lambs wool or soft fleece (Vetbed) with tough backing, designed for dog use and hard to destroy, is excellent. Vetbed is available in all sizes from our on-line shop. A removable cover makes it even more den-like and comforting.
  • Position the crate and play pen in a busy location. Kitchens and living rooms are ideal.
  • At least in theory, we’re smarter than dogs are. Use your noodle. Never, ever, ever use the crate or play pen as a form of punishment.
  • A puppy needs regular toiletting when crated. Err on the side of many exits. If your puppy toilets in its crate, don't make an issue of it. It’s your fault for not anticipating his needs.
  • Never let a puppy out of its crate when it’s barking to get out. If you do, you’re actually training it, through the reward of your attention, to bark. Ignore barking and only let it out when it’s quiet. This is hard to do but persevere.
  • A variety of crates and play pens are available from our on-line shop, all delivered directly to your home.

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