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What Makes a Dog Crate Aversive?

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Last Updated: January 16, 2015

Dog ownership responsibilities entails satisfying every single commitments towards your dog – including training, socializing, regular health check and even driving out with your herd. Crate training is an important part, and probably one of the most critical of training types. If not introduced correctly and training strategies not implemented properly crate training may breed behavioral issues like separation anxiety that can end up with nightmare for both you and your dog. Here’s what makes a crate aversive to a puppy.

Enforcement: The act of enforcing the crate habit in your dog will eventually make the crate aversive. Forcing a puppy or a dog to enter the crate is considered as an abusive training method.

Too Small Space: Too scant space really cannot make room enough to teach your puppy to stay in the crate when desired. Your dog will feel jailed in the crate – especially when the space is too small and lack of air circulation.

Comfort factors: It is important to make your dog feel that a crate is his/ her private place and a comfort zone, where he/she can repose in peace and spend some quality personal time. At least his blanket and his favorite toy should be made available in the crate. This will keep away frustration.   

Feel of Punishment: Once the dog starts considering a crate as a tool for punishment, the crate will become highly repulsive for him. 

Crating Your Dog For Too Long Time: Crating your dog for too long time is torture to the animal. It is important to release your dog at least once in ever one-two hours.

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