If you are having problems with you Lurcher, whether she is a mature rescue dog or a puppy, a dog crate could well be the answer to your problems.
How it can help with toilet training, behavior problems and transportation? I will explain later as well as looking at choosing the right Crate for your Lurcher.
A Dog Crate for your Lurcher
You may well be wondering why on earth you would want to put your beautiful new lurcher in a dog crate.
Well it’s not as strange as you might think and crate is a poor description for this doggies private space.
If you watch your dog, when he’s looking for somewhere to settle he may well screw himself up in a ball in the corner or as mine did attempt to hide his head behind the television cabinet or under the curtains.
This is all part perfectly natural dog behavior. He is, by nature, a den animal and a den is where he feels safe.
How you can take advantage
You can take advantage of his need for security by providing him with a suitable dog crate. If correctly introduced and used the crate can make the dog and you, his owner, very happy.
Lets take a quick look at the ways in which a crate can help:
- Toilet training
- Response to visitors
- Separation issues
- Sleeping arrangements
- Destructive behavior
Once your pet has adopted the crate as his den you will be able to get him to stay in it quite happily while you get on with what has to be done.
Because your dog sees the dog crate as his very own private retreat he will not mind being put in it for travel or while he gets used to visitors and calms down before you let him out.
It is quite unlikely that she will want to mess inside her own den and so will begin to learn to wait until you let her out at the right time before doing a poo.More of that later.
Choosing a Suitable Crate for Your Pet.
Dog Crates do vary in quality and it’s important to get one which can not be chewed and also which has no sharp edges.
A plastic coated wire cage usually fits the bill although there are some very nice part wooden crates if you are confident that it will not be chewed.
I have taken a look at some of the crates available online and show them below.
Dog Crates From Amazon
From Doggie Solutions
Size of Crate
Dog Crates are sold , mostly, by the length so you should make sure that the one you get is big enough. If your lurcher is a pup I would recommend getting one big enough for a full grown dog.
This will save you expense when you have to get a larger on and it will save your dog having to re-adjust to it which is something that they are not usually good at.
If your dog is a cross with a small breed you may get away with a 42” dog crate but most dogs would benefit from a 48” one.
So look for a 48in or 120cm ( 1.2m) approximate length.
This size of crate would be on average 48in Long, 30in Wide and 32in High. Unless you want to take the crate in your car and a 48in wont fit then I would go for the bigger one.
After all your dog will want to move around a bit if he is in there for any length of time.
How to Crate Train Your Lurcher
If trained properly your lurcher will come to regard the crate as her space, her own Bedroom , if you like.
She must never be put into the crate as a punishment, this would end all the positive feelings that she has toward her den.
Before you start to introduce the dog crate make sure that it is comfortable.
It may well be a good idea to add a crate cover which will increase the sense of security.
You can also make the dog crate more attractive by putting in a blanket or foam bed especially if it is already a your dogs favorite.
Where to put your crate
If, like me, your dog has shown an inclination to go to a quiet spot in Johnson’s case it was under the table at the back of the dining room, then this is where the crate should go.
If there is no favorite place then a corner of the room or some out of the way spot will do fine.
Try to remember that this is the dogs own space no people or kids should go in there.
The Training Schedule
- Get the dog crate ready as above bed and all, then leave the door open. Don’t force the dog to go inside.Treats or toys can be used as an inducement to go and investigate.
- Let them go in and out and hopefully they will have a rest or a nap inside which will turn into a sleep.When they sleep close the door for a few minutes when they wake up open it and praise them.
- Once they start to go in and out willingly add an instruction such as crate , den or bed so that you gradually take control.
- Gradually increase the length of time that they are in their crate.
- Once she will stay in the crate for quite a while leave the room and return immediately.
- Again lengthen these periods away. You are training the dog to be on her own.
- One last note do not let the dog out if it barks or it will start controlling you.
Beyond the Crate
Once crate trained the sky is the limit if you need to visit the vets or when going on holiday the trauma of settling the dog into a car that it rarely travels in can be removed completely.
If the dog is naughty you can send it into the crate but only when it is thoroughly used too it. It is wise to only do this occasionally to avoid the crate becoming a negative place in the dogs mind.
I hope that you and your dog have a great time and both get a lot from the crate experience.