Before you start crate training your GSD, you need to know that GSDs are not against crates.
They love to be in a place that they know is safe and theirs. Training a GSD to live in a crate helps in a number of situations. When you want to go somewhere and leave the dog at home, a crate helps in keeping your dog safe. When a GSD is left alone without supervision, it feels a variety of emotions including depression, boredom, sadness, anger, etc.
These emotions are the number one cause of destructive behavior in GSDs. Keeping your GSD in a crate also helps when you are training it to follow the house rules.
If you try to crate train your dog in a crate that is small and uncomfortable, you will not be able to get the right results. It is important for the owners to know that the crate needs to be soft and the right fit. Your dog will be spending most of its time in the crate; that’s why it needs to be perfect.
The crate you choose for your pup should have enough space for it to relax and stretch. The bottom of the crate should have a soft cloth, towel or rug on it so that your dog doesn’t feel uncomfortable. You will also need to leave your pup’s small toys inside the crate so that it can play when bored.
A crate made out of wood is best for GSDs. Make sure that the crate has good openings. Avoid buying a commercial crate for your GSD as the dog will not feel safe in such a crate.
If you have bought a puppy, it will be easier to crate train it rather than adult GSDs. Below are effective tips to make your GSD learn to live peacefully in a crate.
Crate training a GSD has many benefits, not only for the dog itself but the people in the house as well. A few prominent benefits of crate training are:
German Shepherds love to stay in a secure place, protected from enemies. In the wild, these dogs find a small nest for themselves which is a hiding place for them. They hide in a nest because it makes them feel safe from weather changes and other animals.
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