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The "In Your Crate" Command
Every dog should have a crate or kennel – a space to call their own. A bed is an alternative, although using a crate is best in my opinion. Getting your dog used to hanging out in a crate makes transporting her much easier – for trips to the vet, for instance.
Some people tend to think the crate is a cruel place to leave a dog – this is simply not the case. Once your dog gets used to it, the crate becomes her own area and she’ll actually feel safer when she’s locked inside it. As long as the crate is big enough for your dog to stand up and turn around comfortably, it’s big enough for her to hang out in for several hours at a time without getting uncomfortable.
If you’re a puppy owner you should be paying extra careful attention here for two reasons. One, because puppyhood is the easiest time to get a dog used to the crate. And two, because the crate can be very useful in dealing with housetraining problems. We’ll discuss that in Chapter 5.
Now here’s a sneaky trick that’s going to make introducing the crate a whole lot easier: start putting your dog’s food bowl in there for every meal. This means she will have to go inside the crate to eat, and at the same time she’ll be getting used to the crate and even building a positive association to it quickly.
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