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Crate Training your Labrador Retriever

Many new owners have questions about crate training your Labrador Retriever. People do not think that crate training is humane. Most trainers realize that providing a safe secure place for your Labrador Retriever is not only humane but should be preferred. Dogs are descended from the early Canids and were originally raised in dens. The modern day crate provides the safe secure feelings that early dens provided for their ancestors.

Crates provide other conveniences to the Lab owner. They are able to keep your dog out of mischief when you are not able to be there. Crates can facilitate house training as a puppy instinctively does not want to soil its sleeping quarters. Crates can also make transporting your Lab much easier. It provides a safe place for your dog to be when in the car. In case of an accident, the dog does not become a projectile and is more likely to survive if crated.

Crate training your Labrador Retriever is not difficult but it does require a bit of work. Initially when the pup is introduced to the crate it should be an friendly introduction. The pup should not be forced into the crate but should be enticed to enter on its own. Start with the crate open and the pup sitting near you in front of the crate. You should have some treats of some sort. Small pieces of hot dog or a handful or two of kibble work nicely for this. Most Labs are very food oriented and will follow food treats readily.

Toss a treat or two near the outside of the crate to entice the pup to investigate the crate. Let it get used to being near the crate with the door open. Toss a couple of treats into the crate and let the pup see them in the crate and go in to get them. Each time you repeat this toss the treats a bit further in until the pup is going all the way into the crate. Call the pup out and make a huge deal with lots of excited petting and praise after each time. When the pup is going in nicely add the word Crate or Kennel when you toss the treat in. This will become your command.

When you have the pup going into the crate nicely, Close the door for a few seconds, then open it and call the pup out and lavish praise on it again. Increase the time in small increments until the pup understands that it can be comfortable in the crate. It helps to feed the pup in the crate for a few days to get it comfortable inside the crate.

One problem that creeps up is that the puppy will whine or bark to get let out. Under no circumstances should you respond to this. Wait for at least 5 minutes of quiet before letting the pup out or you will create a bigger problem where the pup will not relax quietly in the crate. A sharp, "Stop That" will usually get them to stop the racket.

If you follow these steps, soon you will have your new pup comfortable in the crate and you can leave crate training your Labrador Retriever on the back burner and start with some new commands and experiences for your new Labrador Retriever.


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