Crate Training Your Cavalier

Crate training is very popular and undertaken by millions of dog owners every year. Most dog owners crate train their dog to provide advantages to both their dog and themselves.

Crate training your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can help you with other training problems and it can provide you, as a dog owner, with peace of mind when you need a safe place for your dog.

Of course a Cavalier is a small dog that loves people and need companionship so I certainly wouldn’t recommend using the crate for long periods of time. I don’t think it would be fair on such a dog to be placed in a crate for an entire work day, for example. However, having said that, it is acceptable to use a crate for shorter periods of time and at night when your dog is sleeping. Not only is it acceptable but it can actually be to your dog’s advantage.

Here are 4 reasons why you should crate train your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel:

1. A crate provides your pet with his own space. A dog likes to have an open space to play and the freedom to be near you. Dogs also need their own equivalent of a den or burrow. All dogs need a place to go to away from that open space where you dog can get away and feel secure. By crate training your Cavalier you provide him with a safe space that he can call his own.

2. A crate is actually a comfort to your beloved dog. Many dogs get anxious when their owner leaves the home. This anxiety can be alleviated by providing them with an appropriate crate and crate training. Your dog feels comforted in the crate knowing it is a familiar and safe place and as part of your training you teach your dog to understand that you will return home.

3. Crate training can actually assist in potty training your dog, especially if you have a puppy. This is why it is important to have exactly the right size crate or at least have a larger crate partitioned for your puppy so it is the correct size at this younger age.

4. A crate stops destruction of your home and garden. When you do need to leave the house for a couple of hours you can use the crate as a boundary for your dog or Cavalier puppy. Many puppies that are teething will cause havoc in a short time when you are absent. If you want to avoid your favorite pillow from being torn apart crate training is for you.

Crate training can be used to provide a sanctuary for your dog or it can be used as a tool to assist in other training. It can be used to assist in potty training and it can be used to solve sleeping issues with puppies. There are a variety of reasons why you would consider crate training and hopefully this article has stirred you on to find out more.

Cavalier’s are lovely family pets, they are smart and loving and full of personality. They respond well to training and it is good to know about crate training so you can incorporate it into your dog training plan. Ideally crate training should be done with a puppy so the younger you start the better. If you provide your dog with a safe comfortable space they will thank you for it.