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  • April 18, 2024 2 min read

    Are you looking to introduce your furry friend to a crate but worried about making it a positive experience? Our friend Mallory at Engineering Optimism Dog Training put together a comprehensive crate training guide to put your concerns to rest.

    Part 1 of her step-by-step guide is tailored to help your dog feel comfortable and safe in their PAWD collapsible dog crate, transforming the crate into a positive environment they'll love retreating to.

    What You'll Learn

    Mallory’s guide covers essential techniques to ensure a successful crate training experience:

    • Creating a Positive Association: Learn how to make your dog love their crate using simple, positive reinforcement techniques.
    • Teaching the "Crate" Cue: We'll show you how to introduce and solidify a cue that will have your dog entering their crate willingly and happily.
    • Mastering Door Dynamics: Discover how to gradually introduce the concept of a closed door without causing anxiety or stress for your pet.

    Important Tips:

    • If your dog feels uneasy at any point, pause the training and seek advice from a certified, positive reinforcement dog trainer.
    • While crates are beneficial, they might not suit every dog. Consider alternatives like an ex-pen for more space or skipping the crate entirely.
    • Crate training is advisable for emergencies and vet visits, helping your dog stay calm in stressful situations.
    • For dogs with anxiety issues, consult a vet and a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT). Remember, crates are not a fix for anxiety disorders and require comprehensive treatment strategies.

    Ready to Dive In?

    Don't miss out on the crucial first steps of crate training that set the tone for a stress-free and enjoyable experience for both you and your dog.

    Read the full guide and start your journey to a happier, crate-trained pup today!

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