There will be times when the dog needs to be put on crates for convenience purposes. Like an overnight stay in vets, during long journey or when you have a house party. Instead of alarming your Dobermans during these events, it is best to start them into Doberman crate training before the need arise. It is best to start the Doberman training while your dog is a young pup. These guidelines will help dog owners achieve a successful Doberman Pinscher Crate training:
1. Never use it as a form of punishment.
Crate training should provide the Doberman puppy a safe haven. Kennel resembles a pen and Doberman puppies by nature are kept secured in small dens while the adults leave to hunt. If you use the crate as a form of punishment, this will form mistrust on the owner and view the crate as alarming and a dreadful place.
2. Consider the Size of the Crate.
Doberman grows fast. Make sure that your crate can house the puppy until it reaches its adult size. Or you could put the puppy in a smaller crate and purchase a bigger when the puppy has outgrown its crate. It is important that the crate allows the dog to stand, turn and lie down. You can also provide a blanket and toy to chew to provide more comfort for your Doberman pets.
3. Use simple commands like “In your house” when training.
Puppies don’t automatically comprehend the “in your house” command so you can start your training by putting the puppy inside the crate by hand. Sooner, they will begin to associate the command with the crate and enter it.
4. Barking is expected.
Barking protest is expected especially in the first few days of the training. This is normal and the puppy will cool down once it’s exhausted. But never remove the puppy while on protest. No matter how disheartening the puppy’s cry is, you should be firm while on training. If the barking continues relentlessly, distract the puppy by startling him. You can throw an empty can to divert its attention. Make sure to offer a toy while inside the crate to lessen the puppy’s boredom. Sometimes, they bark not because of protest, but because of the feeling of isolation. It is better to provide soft music while they’re on the crate and put them in the family room.
5. Safety and Hygiene.
Don’t forget to remove your Dobe’s collar when you put your pets inside the crate. They might lead to accidental entanglement and will strangle the puppy. Also make sure that the kennel is sturdy to hold the Doberman, especially when it has grown its full size. Feeding the Dobermans while in crates is discouraged. But if you plan to do so, make sure to clean the crate. Food is a good medium for bacterial growth, it might cause skin diseases to the Dobe.
When done correctly, Doberman crate training would benefit not just the dog but the owners as well. Later, the dog will find the crate as a home.