Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Starting Crate Training

Do you need information on how to crate train your husky? You aren't alone. Everyday, owners all around the world use crate training as a method of husky training. It's a method that works in preventing a variety of negative behaviours in huskies. Crating is also an effective method of house training dogs. Providing your husky its own area makes life simpler for everybody. You get to keep your bed and chair while your husky has its own unique place of its own.

When you are considering the concept of crate exercising your husky, it’s excellent to think about why this approach is used. Crate training may sound cruel, but in their natural environment huskies would identify areas similar to a crate as safe places to sleep. Crating mimics this effect, providing your husky with a home of its own.

The best time to start crate training your husky is when they are very young. This is when your husky will be at its most aware, ready to learn the boundaries you set down for it based on a need to fit in with the family unit, and learn its place within its "pack". You can crate train mature huskies, but this is stressful so take proper care when doing so. Crate training is, in short, a good idea at any age but the sooner you start, the better.

When crate training your husky you will find that it cries for a few nights before settling into its routine in the crate. This is why it's best to start with the crate in the same room as you, moving it to the bedroom when you go to sleep. After a few weeks you can try moving the crate to another room at night.

You should keep your husky and its crate clean, and comfortable. Give your husky something comfortable to lay on such as an old towel, or a pillow. Water is important as well, as is toys to entertain them; a bored husky can be loud (and destructive). The crate should not be too big or too small. The bigger it is, the more like they are to expel inside the crate (something that you want to avoid as an ongoing concern).

To beign with you will need to ignore the odd whimper and cry from the husky. Keep the crate close, but don't entertain them or pick them up when they are trying to get your attention. Give them 5-10 minutes to calm down, and then go and play with them, or take them out of the crate to run around and explore. This teaches them that whimpering and making noise will not get them the attention they wnt.

To begin with, don't keep your husky in the dog crate for more than an hour at a time (aside from at night, when this may be unavoidable). As the dog gets older and more accustomed to the situation, you can extend the time... eventually moving up to whole days if required.

Putting a lot of time and effort into crate training will result in a far happier, far more obedient husky in the future, and will also keep your life stress free!


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