Bulldog Crate Training

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Bulldog crate training comes highly recommended for all Bulldog owners. Crates are incredibly useful tools that will really help you with your Bulldog training efforts. Bulldog crate training is also the easiest method to housebreak a new puppy, since dogs have a natural desire for cleanliness in their den. To ensure that your Bulldog's housetraining is a success, use the crate as part of a regular routine of Bulldog obedience training.

The many benefits of Bulldog crate training

Even though you may be under the impression that the crate resembles a cage, your Bulldog will not see it that way. The crate is similar to a den, and is a place where your Bulldog will feel comfortable, safe, secure, and warm. Here are just some of the many benefits of crate training a Bulldog.

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Selecting the proper crate for your bulldog.

Choosing the right crate can be tough, because crates come in so many different colors, sizes, materials and colors. Take your time to decide which crate to buy, as they vary in terms of strength and ease of assembly. Crates are available in various materials including plastic, cloth mesh, or wire mesh. Most are very portable and quick to put together.

When traveling it is standard to use a plastic crate. These are also suitable for everyday home use. If you intend to travel, purchase this kind. Moreover, for those times away from home, it provides your young dog with a familiar environment and a feeling of being secure.

Crates made of wire are better for allowing air to flow in and out. Placing a blanket over the crate at night will make your dog feel as if he or she is in a den. A crate made out of wire mesh provides ease of collapsibility, but it is heavier than a plastic or cloth mesh crate. There are also dividers that you can use to make the crate the appropriate size for your puppy, increasing the size of the crate as your dog gets older.

Crates with wicker construction are more aesthetically pleasing although they can be expensive. Nevertheless, you need to say a prayer when you buy a wicker crate, and hope your Rottweiler doesn't bite a big hole in it!

The crate that you will choose has to be spacious enough to fit your dog in when he/she lies down, stands up and moves around. When you are deciding which crate to buy for your puppy, make sure it is large enough for a fully grown Bulldog as well.

If your Bulldog frequently accompanies you when you're driving the car, it would be a good idea to purchase two crates, one for the house and another for the car. This way you will not have to lug one between your house and car.

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Accessorizing the crate and choosing a location for it

A Bulldog puppy will need an area to get away from commotion. It is vital to have a designated quiet, dim place where your sleepy pup can retreat, since a tired puppy is often a cranky one. Turn the crate into a comfy space by placing a flat pad inside, and include a few playthings for your bulldog's amusement. Steer clear of bedding and pillows that are too plush; these just prove too irresistible for gnawing

How to persuade a bulldog to enter a crate.

You can encourage your bulldog to enter the crate simply by following these steps:

  1. Set the crate up and allow your Bulldog to investigate it. Line the bottom of the crate with a blanket or crate pad.
  2. Choose a word or small sentence to dictate the action of getting in the crate, like "bed time" or "inside". Use the command of your choice when your dog enters the crate with the treat method or after you have placed him/her in.
  3. Close up the door to the crate; reassure your pup and provide them with a doggie snack as a treat. Finally, allow your Bulldog to leave the crate.
  4. Offer a yummy treat in order to lure your dog inside of his crate. Alternatively, physically place them in the crate and then give them the treat and some verbal praise and reassurance.
  5. Once again, shut the door, compliment and praise your pooch, then offer a small snack.
  6. Allow them to get out of the crate. Your Bulldog's treat could be anything - it needn't be a food snack, just something your Bulldog considers a reward.
  7. Be consistent with the use of the command and the treat up to the point when your dog enters the crate almost alone.

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Encouraging a Bulldog to enjoy its crate in the long term

First, command that your Bulldog go into their crate. When he does, give him a treat, close the crate's door, praise the dog, and then let him out again. Every time you do this, leave your Bulldog inside of the crate for a longer duration with the door of the crate closed. Continue to give treats and praise to encourage good crate behavior.

Finally, place your Bulldog inside the crate, along with some treats, and exit the room. The first time you should wait for 5 minutes, then return. Repeat this exercise, increasing the time you spend away by 5 more minutes incrementally each time you go back. Whenever you come back to the crate and allow your pooch to come out, give them praise prior to opening the crate door.

Depending on your schedule and the nature of your dog, the amount of time that your pet can be left alone in a crate can vary. That being said, it isn't a good idea for a puppy to be left on its own in the crate for over 6 hours. Also, the crate should never be used as a method of punishing your Bulldog. Should you do this, your puppy will not like its crate, and the crate will become useless as a training aid. The last thing you want is for your dog to start feeling negatively about the crate. Your goal is to have them enjoy their private den area.

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If your Bulldog fears the crate, use food to get rid of that fear. Initially, at mealtime, place your dog's food right outside the crate. After a few mealtimes, place the food inside the crate (not too far inside). With each subsequent meal, put the bowl a bit further inside the crate, till eventually the dog is entirely in the crate, and not hesitant anymore.

I hope this article has convinced you of the many benefits of Bulldog crate training, and that you will strongly consider purchasing a crate for your dog in the near future. They really are invaluable tools. Please feel free to browse the articles on the Bulldog Training Tips website for more great Bulldog Training advice.