Do you want to learn how to crate train your Dachshund? You are not alone! Each year, thousands of owners of dogs of many breeds start crate training their dogs. In doing so some are looking to reduce separation anxiety, others destruction of their property, still more are house breaking their new puppy or dog.
Why Dachshunds like Crates
Most Dachshunds love their crates. This goes back to their wild roots, where dogs would sleep in small spaces that protect them from the environment and preditors. A crate becomes your dogs den, a place where they feel safe and that is exclusively theirs.
How to Crate Train a Dog
Dachshund crate training is easiest if you start when they are a puppy, as they get used to the small space quickly. It is not impossible to crate train adult, it just takes them longer to adapt.
To start crate training put the crate in a place where there is a lot of activity, such as your living room. At night, move your crate to your bedroom, at least until they feel comfortable and safe, settling quickly and not whining or crying. Once they have adjusted you can leave the crate in one place all the time, having them stay in the living room or kitchen when you are out of the house and at night.
Crates need to be inviting. Make certain there is comfortable bedding, water and something to play with. Crates should only be large enough that your Dachshund can stand up and turn round in. They should not be able to walk in it as this can give enough room that your Dachshund will allocate an area as their toilet and may urinate or defecate, potentially a difficult habit to break!
Initially your Dachshund may become upset when in their crate. If they cry or bark do not make the mistake of going to them and comforting them, this just reinforces to them that crying or barking gets your attention. Your Dachshund should be in the crate until they have been quiet for 10 minutes. When you let them out be sure to praise them and give a toy or treat. This reinforces that being calm and quiet gets your attention.
When you are starting to crate train your pup don’t leave them for hours at a time. Start with only a few minutes, gradually building up until they are comfortable through the night or for the usual time you are away from home.
If you crate train a Dachshund and do so gradually, your life will be much less stressful. Using positive reinforcement you will know that your dog will be safe, comfortable and unable to chew on your possessions when you are out of the house.
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