These canines are more commonly compared to cats by some experts because they tend to lack the "aim to please" quality that most dogs possess. This means that if your Shiba loses interest or doesn't care to learn a certain task, they will choose to ignore you. While this quality gives them their unique personality, it can make them harder to train, including crate training.
Crate training can be ideal for any dog breed as it appeals to a dog's natural instinct to create or find a "den"-- a place where they can enjoy quiet, solitude, relaxation, and sleep. If introduced properly to your Shiba Inu puppy, a crate may be their preferred cozy corner in your household.
Not to mention, this keeps your home safe from any potential chewing or accidents.
Crate training starts with an introduction to the object itself, which may seem foreign and scary to your puppy at first. After the introduction, you may find that your Shiba will respond correctly to commands such as: "Kennel up!" or "Go to your bed!" or even, simply, "Go!" or "Crate!"
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In addition to the items needed, you'll also need to learn or refresh on some crate training 101: dog's age and size are key.
It's important to not crate train a puppy that's too young, as it could have negative effects and cause behavioral problems down the road. Be sure that your Shiba puppy is at least 10 to 12 weeks old before beginning.
Size is the most important element to successful crate training. A crate too big gives the puppy room to use half of it as a bathroom, while a crate too small will make your pooch feel cramped and trapped. Thus, an appropriately sized crate will do three great things for you and your pet:
And although just a pup with many months of growing ahead of them, many crates come with division slats that can be securely set in place, allowing your Shiba Inu to grow into the full space of the crate.
A golden rule in sizing your dog for their crate is to add 2 to 4 inches to their length, width, and height. With this in mind, purchase a crate for their growth potential and utilize the divisions until they're full grown.
He hates the kennel I only put him there for roughly 4-5 hours a day yet the moment he is in he whimpers and bites at the cage. I feel horrible and worried he may grow to resent it and me. He has toys a blanket and bed in it, as well as blankets on the top of it. It is the correct size kennel as well.
Hello Ethan, First, check out the Surprise method from the article linked below. Practice that method for up to an hour while you are home in the evenings and on weekends. Surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Second, if you are still within the first 4 weeks of crate training, and especially the first two weeks, most puppies don't start out liking the crate - they have to be given time to adjust. Most puppies will protest the crate for the first two weeks, and don't learn to love the crate (dogs who choose to go into the crate on their own to relax with it open) until usually a year. Pup should get to the point where he can learn to be calm in the crate and relax though. Practice the Surprise method and give it a couple of weeks. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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It's my upstairs neighbors dog. They keep it in the crate most of the day and night. It screams and cries and shakes it's cage for hours. What can they dot o stop it
Hello Lizz, It sounds like the dog might have separation anxiety. Jeff Gellman from SolidK9Training has a separation anxiety protocol. You can find more information on solidk9training's youtube channel and the website. They have numerous free videos online. It involves a lot of training and changing the dog's routine also though. It is not a quick fix. It will take work, but I have seen it work, and other separation anxiety methods can take much longer. If the dog is simply bored and dislikes the crate, then they can follow the "Surprise" method from the article that I have linked below. The biggest key to help a dog like being in a crate is to give him something pleasant to DO all day while in there. This is why hollow Kong toys stuffed with the dogs food and peanut butter (Avoid Xylitol sweetener) are important to put into the crate. If the dog can be in a safe larger area, like a sturdy exercise pen, then an automatic treat dispensing device such as a Pet Tutor or AutoTrainer can be used to make the day more pleasant for the dog also. I would not suggest giving the dog the run of the apartment though because a dog that behaves that way in a crate, and especially an anxious dog, is likely to destroy things and hurt himself with too much freedom. If the dog is small, then an exercise pen can be anchored to the walls in a corner, to keep it from falling over, and something like an AutoTrainer plus food stuffed Kongs be used to keep the dog entertained. If the dog is a puppy, then they definitely need to follow the "Surprise" method from the article that I have linked below, and give it time. It is normal for puppies to take up to two weeks to adjust to a crate but doing things like the "Surprise" method can help with the transition. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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