Giving Crate Training To Pets


Giving Crate Training To Pets

Giving Crate Training to​ your Pet
Crate training can be very difficult as​ the​ first feeling of​ the​ pet towards it​ will be loathsome .​
One of​ the​ reasons is​ that the​ animal’s movement becomes very restricted .​
Pets which are kept in​ a​ crate,​ will also find it​ difficult as​ the​ size will be even more limited when compared to​ the​ cage .​
Things will be even more complicated for pets which are habituated to​ roam freely in​ the​ home and as​ well as​ outside,​ like in​ a​ back yard .​
In this case,​ experts suggest classical conditioning .​
This approach consists of​ counter-conditioning and desensitizing .​
The cat must be made familiar with the​ environment within the​ crate .​
This is​ known as​ desensitization .​
And to​ alter the​ pet’s negative attitude to​ a​ positive one is​ known as​ counter-conditioning .​
A very simple method is​ to​ place the​ crate in​ or​ near the​ pet’s living quarters .​
At meal time,​ the​ food must be placed inside the​ crate,​ so that the​ pet will go inside the​ crate to​ eat the​ food .​
If the​ pet seems hesitant,​ the​ door of​ the​ crate can be left open with the​ food placed inside the​ crate .​
There are chances that the​ animal will go inside and eat it​ after some time .​
And if​ the​ pet doesn’t eat food even after many hours,​ the​ owner must remove the​ food from the​ crate and feed the​ pet near the​ crate .​
Gradually the​ distance between the​ crate and the​ food must be decreased,​ finally till the​ pet starts eating the​ food inside the​ crate .​
Also when the​ animal starts entering the​ crate willingly,​ the​ care taker must try to​ use a​ cue word when he places the​ food inside the​ crate .​
Words such as​ ‘crate’,​ ‘food’ or​ ‘come in’ can be used while opening the​ door of​ the​ crate to​ place the​ food inside.
The pet can get scared that the​ owner might lock him up if​ it​ enters the​ crate .​
If this is​ the​ case,​ the​ owner,​ after placing the​ food within the​ crate,​ should leave that area and go far away .​
This way the​ pet will feel safer and comfortable to​ approach the​ crate .​
Once the​ pet gets habituated to​ eat within the​ crate,​ the​ owner must try to​ come closer at​ least by a​ foot every week,​ till he can stand near the​ crate .​
After the​ pet gets adjusted to​ all these,​ the​ next big step is​ to​ shut the​ door of​ the​ crate,​ not altogether but for just a​ short period of​ time .​
Once the​ animal gets familiar with this,​ place only small quantity of​ food inside the​ crate and make him enter the​ crate in​ the​ presence of​ the​ owner .​
After it​ enters the​ crate,​ the​ door must be locked with the​ pet inside .​
When the​ pet finishes the​ food which was placed inside the​ crate,​ the​ rest of​ the​ food must be fed through the​ crate bars .​
The pet will not only feel comfortable about entering the​ crate but also being locked within it .​
In the​ beginning the​ food must be fed immediately through the​ bars,​ at​ once .​
Then the​ food should be divided and time gap should be given in​ between each feeding session .​
The gap should be at​ least of​ five minutes or​ even more .​
The pet can sometimes but very rare have a​ grudge against the​ material or​ size of​ the​ crate .​
In such cases,​ the​ crate must simply be replaced with the​ choice of​ the​ pet .​
Once the​ pet gets trained with food,​ it​ can also be provided with toys inside the​ crate .​
The owner can use a​ toy to​ lead the​ pet near and then inside the​ crate .​







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