English Cream Golden Retriever Crate TrainingCrate training is a gradual process with the goal of providing our dogs with a comfortable and safe haven for sleeping and retreat. The crate is often compared to a den environment because it is a place where a dog can retreat and be certain disruptions will be at a minimum.

There are a few things to consider and to practice to make the crating process easier and give you positive results.

  1. Crate size,
  2. Crate location,
  3. Routine development, and
  4. What is inside the crate.

English Cream Golden Retriever Crate Training Tips

Each of the items listed above are explained below.

  1. Crate size

A crate should be just big enough for your dog to walk in, turn around, and lay down.

  1. Crate location

A crate should be located in a place where your dog can sleep undisturbed. There should be no drafts and the temperature should be relatively consistent. Place the crate in an easy location for your dog to access, should he chose to go inside for security, or a nap away from activity. Leave the door open so he/she can enter and rest with the option to exit at will.

  1. Routine development

When your puppy is at Wisteria Ranch we begin crating at 4 weeks to introduce them to the crate. We start out by putting two puppies in a crate at a time and then at 6 weeks we put them in a crate by themselves.  They have ‘nap time’ each day in the crate.

As you develop a routine you will want to take your dog out of the crate and right to the potty area before offering food, water, or playtime. Increase crating time gradually, adding a few minutes at a time, at times when your pet is unsupervised but, crating should not exceed two-four hours depending on age.

Remember to include your dog in your family routine as much as possible because he/she is naturally a family companion and will want to join you in the daily activity.

  1. What is inside

Keep the items inside the crate to a minimum. A comfortable mat and a favorite toy for example.

 English Cream Golden Retriever Crate Training Tips

Crate training is part of a complete relationship development training process. Once your dog is comfortable with a crate you can use it when your dog is unattended, when you are away from home, or when your dog is sleeping.

Crating should not be used as a time-out to correct unwanted behavior. A dog should not be alone in a crate for extended periods of time. At most, your pet should not be alone in the crate, for more than three-four hours. If your schedule keeps you away for longer periods of time it is beneficial to have a family member or neighbor let your dog out of the crate for water, playtime, socialization, exercise, and a potty break at mid-day.

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