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ily. It is their safe place, similar to a bedroom. Nothing negative should be associated with the crate. It should never be used for punishment. You should start by leaving the crate door open while you are in the room with the dog. Toss a couple of treats and toys into the crate, and let the dog explore it. You can feed them their meals in the crate. After a day or two, lead the dog into the crate with a treat, and close door. Leave them in there for approximately 10 minutes, and if the dog is quiet and calm, let them out. Gradually increase the amount of time the dog is in the crate. For the first few days, you want




hould I crate train my dog? This is a frequently asked question. Whether you are bringing home a new puppy, or a recently adopted dog, crate training can be a very helpful means of insuring their safety when the dog is unattended. You can also more rapidly accomplish housebreaking using a crate. Additionally, it prevents your property from being destroyed while you are away. Most dogs can be crate trained. Occasionally, if you adopt an older dog who has bad experiences in a crate, it can be a very difficult process, however, most dogs crate train quite eas-

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