How and Why to Crate Train Your Golden Retriever

One thing most people don’t realize about Golden Retriever ownership is that they are responsible for how the dog lives his life. In reality, the puppy’s view of the world is dictated by what his owners teach him he can and can’t do.

Most people either don’t take the time or don’t know how to tell the puppy what he can and can’t do. Therefore whether or not his behavioral pattern is compatible with those of his owners is left to chance.

This probably happens because people don’t treat the dog as a member of the family. But it’s crucial to show the puppy when he can eat, sleep, play and relieve himself. Otherwise he can’t know what is bothersome for you.

Reasons for crate training a Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever Crate TrainingThere are many reasons you should crate train your dog. First of all puppies are chewers; they don’t know what lamp cords are or what television wires are. They don’t know that the shoes they’re chewing are actually useful tools for you. Not to mention the dangers if you’re puppy starts chewing on television wire.

More so, say the puppy chews on your favorite shoes and when you come home you angrily scold him. This tells him you’re coming home is to be associated with his scolding. He doesn’t remember he chewed your shoes, so he won’t associate your discipline with his chewing your shoes.

When you get a crate make sure it’s large enough for when the dog will be an adult. That way by the time he does get to adulthood he is already comfortable with this crate.

How and when to put your Golden Retriever puppy in his crate?

First of all your puppy should always associate his crate with positive experiences. Never scold or discipline your puppy when he’s in his crate. Make sure he always sleeps in his crate. Also, during intensive household times (such as breakfast when everyone is getting ready for the day) he should spend his time in the crate.

When he’s alone he should be in the safety and comfort of his crate. Also encourage him to play by himself when he’s in his crate. When you are having a party you should let him attend to the events from, you guessed it, the safety of his crate. There are a couple of reasons for this, first of all he’s not being fed tidbits that will cause him stomach distress and he’s not underfoot in any way.

Another good time to put your Golden Retriever puppy in his crate is when you need to clean up. Help him develop a schedule for playing time and napping time, being alone, resting and playing by himself in his crate. It’s also a good idea to feed him in his crate. Finally, encourage him to play by himself when you’re busy. He should learn that while you are a comforting presence for him there are other things you must do besides giving him undivided attention.

Teaching your Golden Retriever a crate command

Whenever you put the puppy in his crate say something like “Rex it’s crate time” or just “crate time” or whatever you want to choose. Pretty soon he will be dashing to his crate when he hears those words.

When you start out don’t leave him inside for a long periods of time. The one exception is when it’s night and everyone is sleeping. As he grows up he will willingly stay in his crate for several hours at a time.

Crate training your Golden Retriever will give him a safe place to be, and will give you peace of mind. It also gives him a feeling of security and helps him have a clean, happy life.

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