Many people believe that crate training a dog is cruel and unusual punishment. Nothing could be further from the truth however. Most dogs find that having their own “space” is comforting and gives them a feeling of security.
Before we talk more about crate training, I need to point out that it should never be used as a form of punishment. Also, a crate is not a substitute for spending time with your dog and don’t ever fall into the trap of leaving your Pit in his crate for more than 4 hours at a time. Many dog owners use crates improperly and end up with more problems than they initially started with.
First, it is important to identify the problem that you are trying to solve by crate training your Pit Bull. Is it potty training? Chewing and destroying things while left unattended?
The next thing that you need to do is prepare your dog’s crate. Make it comfortable for him and place some bedding, a few toys, and give them access to a small amount of water. If you notice that your dog starts to get uncomfortable in his crate, make sure to take him out outside so he can relieve himself. Once he does, remember to praise him excitedly. Crate training your dog will take some time and a little bit of patience, especially if you have a stubborn Pit.
When first beginning the crate training routine, it is not uncommon for the dog to whine or bark. The biggest mistake that many owners make is feeling sorry for the dog and letting them out of the crate. Whatever you do, don’t do this. Your Pit Bull needs to know that barking is not the solution and he needs to take some time to get comfortable in his new environment.
Crate training is a responsible practice that all dog owners should use. It provides a safe place for the dog to hang out and relax and it maintains order around the house at the same time. I strongly encourage you to start a crate training routine with your Pit Bull terrier today!