How to Stop Dog Barking in Crate [Crate Training Guide]
You are so excited that you’ve bought your pooch the best dog crate you can find in the market.
Now you feel you’ve fulfilled your role. You are relaxed and feeling satisfied that you little friend has a new home.
The real home, if not like original home, is now in the household. One more shiny tool in her toolbox.
But wait a minute… she is not happy.
On day 1? Nightmare.
Nothing like it you had anticipated.
It’s all over painted in her face: “Am not going to sit inside this cage quietly”.
It’s a menace.
You feel Hopeless. Maybe more of helpless. Or, confused, and you don’t know how to keep her silent.
Should you keep the crate or should you return it wherever you bought it?
Honestly, every new dog parent, if not all, have been in such a fix.
And that’s why in this post we are going to discuss on proactive crating techniques on how to stop dog barking in crate.
Keep it tight.
Crating The Right Way: The White Elephant.
Before you think about anything regarding dog crating, think about the aspect of introducing your dog to the new environment.
Instant introduction, won’t work.
It is the spring of all evil in her wildest dreams.
It’s like everyone else.
The first day in a new house, that night, you don’t get sleep.
You become restless.
Only that you can’t bark or whine.
After a while, you become acquainted with the house and you start getting used to the environment.
Unfortunately, though dogs become restless like us on new environments, they don’t easily overcome the experience, especially that feeling of being confined.
Instead, they become more and more agitated. It starts with simple whines, then it gradually heads to the direction of backing and howling. Even worse, they can suffer from anxiety separation.
Think about it for a second.
Isn’t it heartbreaking to hear your best friend go through such a painful experience?
You thought to bring her the crate will make her happy and even wag her tail with a big thank you face, but nah, it has opened backdoors barking issues.
As such, to stop your dog from barking or whining, you’ll have to strategically introduce her to her crate in a friendlier way. Nonetheless, she won’t take it quietly.
So, here is a step by step guide on how to stop dog barking in crate by using the best crating introduction techniques.
How To Stop Dog Barking In A Crate: A step by step proactive crating guide.
Step 1: Crate Inspection
Once you bring the crate home, introduce the dog to the crate.
Simply let her sniff it.
Once done, give her some treats and praises - the good old doggy-like praises.
Step 2: Let Her Inside The Crate
The second step is to open the crate’s door for her to get inside.
The indoor dog crates like the Proselect Empire dog cage make your work easier for the newbies. This is because they usually have up to two side doors.
But don’t forget to bring along her favorite treats. She might be stubborn and refuse to get in.
Remember, the best way to entice her to get inside in a more fun and interactive way is by using treats.
Then, when she does it correctly, follow by rewarding her.
Step 3: Make Observations of How She Reacts to the Crate
At this stage, you should be able to tell if she is liking her new home or not.
So, be keen and reciprocate correctly to her reactions.
If she likes it, encourage her to continue.
If not, start from the first step after a break.
But if everything goes right, go to the next step.
Step 4: Closing One Door
After a short while, close one door. And continue with treats trick. Then make your observations. If all goes well, proceed to the next step.
Step 5: She Is Ready For All Doors to Close
Now that she can stay inside, close all doors. However, if she is not convinced to get in, use treats. But don’t close it for longer than 10 minutes. Once you think she is comfortable and she starts to like the environment with pleasure, let her out and praise her.
Step 6: Give Her A Break
After around 20 minutes of exercise, you can pause the crate training exercise. Resume it later during the day.
It’s through repetitions that you’ll achieve quick success.
Step 7: Don’t Forget Meals Time
During the meals time, put the food inside the crate. Let her get inside to take her dinner, but don’t close the door until you feel she is ready to accept the change.
Step 8: The Toy and the Bone
During the day, you can place a toy or a bone inside the crate for her to play with.
I prefer Kong toys because you can easily tie the toy stashed with treats inside the crate.
At this stage, you’re teaching her to associate fun and food with the crate.
Step 9: Continue This Exercise For Several Days.
If you stick with this exercise, within a week, she’ll be pretty comfortable going in and out of the crate.
Step 10: Close The Crate
Now it’s time to start closing the crate. To begin with, start with one hour after meals, then gradually increase this period.
Continue this way until you can close the doors the whole day, then a night without a single bark.
In this short article, I’ve taken you through on how to stop dog barking in crate using the crating technique.
By the end of the exercise, your Fido will feel comfortable staying in her new home. You won’t even hear a chime.
Unfortunately, this exercise is only applicable to puppies or a dog that has never been introduced to a crate.
But what if you’ve already gone through the crating training and still the barking continues?
That question sets the starting point of the next discussion on more ways to stop dog barking in a crate.
Till then, happy petting.