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How to crate train your dog

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    Tired of cleaning up piles and puddles around the house? Luciano Aguilar shares an effective method that makes housebreaking and training easier and less stressful for both you and your dog.

Dogs who behave badly around the house can be harmful to the people and property inside of it. But our pet pro Luciano Aguilar says there's an easy way to control your dog at home. He shares how to keep your new "best friend" from becoming your home's worst enemy.

Crate training is one of the best ways to control a dog inside. They are useful for everything from "time outs" when your dog gets too excited, to preventing your furniture from becoming chew toys.

Aguilar says, "Some people think crate training is cruel—but it's not. Dogs are descended from wolves so they're "cave dwellers" by nature and feel secure in private places like crates where they can just chill out."

The first thing you need to do is set-up the crate in a common area so your dog's comfortable and feels like he's part of the family. Then add a soft towel for bedding, a chew toy for play and an old tee shirt with your scent so he feels close to you.

Then send him in, get him used to the crate by limiting his time inside to one or two hours. You can keep him in the crate longer later, but avoid keeping him in the crate for more than four hours at a time.

Crate training is also great for developing bladder control because dogs don't like soiling their space and won't go to the bathroom inside a crate. Instead, they'll wait for you to take them out.

There's a bonus to having a crate-trained dog outside your home too. When you transport or travel with a dog, keeping him in a crate in the vehicle's back seat is the safest way to go.

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