Using Crate Training To Minimize Your Dog’s Excessive Barking

Crate training is a highly applauded form of training your dog that can have benefits that reach out into many different kinds of behaviors. Indeed, it can keep your dog in a safe place where you know that it cannot hurt itself or damage your belongings while it is unsupervised, but it can also have more indirect benefits, as well. The most well recognized of those is with housebreaking, but did you know that crate training your dog will also make it much less likely to develop an excessive barking problem, and if that issue already exists, it will make it easier to correct?

Dogs are animals that have the instinct to live in dens. That is where they would live if they were in the wild as opposed to being domesticated. Dens are small caves, nooks, or holes in which they can curl up and feel safe and protected from other animals and the elements. A dog’s crate caters to its natural denning instinct. It will allow your dog to have its own little appropriately sized space where it can feel completely secure, protected and safe. When a dog is feeling this comfortable, the odds that it will bark are much slimmer.

If your dog is crate trained, then it means that it will be inside its crate when you’re not at home or not able to supervise it – the times in which it would otherwise be most likely to bark. Since your dog will be very happy and comfortable in the crate once the crate training is complete, then your dog not feel inclined to bark all day when you’re not there. Instead, it will more likely sleep or play quietly with a toy that you have provided.

Crate training does take some time, but when you start the moment that you bring your dog home, then it will be a much faster and easier process as your puppy will simply accept it as a part of the living experience in its new home among its new family.

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