Border Collie crate training is undertaken worldwide by thousands of people each year. If you are interested in crate training a Border Collie you should know that it has the advantage of reducing anxiety in your dog, it helps keep your home intact when you are out and it can curb barking when you’re not at home.
Border Collie crate training is also a useful technique if your Border Collie is having sleeping problems or it insists on trying to get to you after everyone has gone to bed.
Border Collie crate training is also a useful tool when you are potty training your dog, see Border Collie potty training for more details.
Border Collie Crate Training – The Value of a Crate to a Border Collie
At this stage you might have just started your research about Border Collie crate training either to train your dog or to just find out whether it is safe for your Border Collie. It is important for you to know that most Border Collies love their crate. ‘Crate’ is quite a hard word, if we called it a den or a comfort zone, dog owners probably wouldn’t be so hesitant about crate training a border collie. However, the commonly used term is ‘crate’ so that is the one I will use.
Dogs left to themselves in the wild naturally find or create a den or burrow to provide shelter and protect them from the weather and keep them warm. When you are crate training a Border Collie you should remember a crate provides the perfect den for a domestic dog as a safe and secure place of their own.
When a dog is given a large space to roam freely, it will usually find it difficult to distinguish its ‘home’ from the rest of the open space which it feels it must patrol and protect territorially. For an intelligent dog like a Border Collie it can create behavioral problems if you don’t provide a safe and protective place for your dog. If they only have the wide open area this will drive them nuts continually controlling this space without a smaller protective space where they can relax. When you are crate training a border collie you are providing them with peace of mind.
The Best Method for Border Collie Crate Training
The best way to start Border Collie crate training is when your Border Collie is a puppy. This is ideal because your puppy does not know anything different (as long as you haven’t let it sleep on the end of your bed already, in which case it may get a little bit upset at first but don’t let this put you off). Adult dogs that have never been put in a crate may have a harder time adjusting and may show anxiety in the crate. If you are crate training a border collie that is fully grown you will need a lot more patience and need to go slowly and provide your dog with a lot of support and encouragement. However, Border Collie crate training should still be possible.
When you start Border Collie crate training with your puppy you will need to always keep the crate close to where your family is. During the day it would usually be in the family room where there are people coming and going. At night it would be best in your bedroom so you can keep your puppy calm and safe.
After about a month of crate training a Border Collie you will be able to leave the crate in one place without it needing to be moved around always near people.
When you are crate training a border collie puppy there should be just enough room in the crate for your dog to sleep. In the crate your puppy should have a clean soft place to sleep, some water and a toy to play with. If the crate is big enough for your Border Collie puppy to walk around in it then your puppy will most likely make a mess in it. As long as the size of the crate is big enough for your puppy to turn around in it, it is not inhumane.
When you start Border Collie crate training make sure you don’t lift your puppy up if it complains at being in the crate. This only encourages your puppy to complain, knowing that it will get your attention. During the process of crate training a Border Collie only remove your puppy from the crate once it has been quiet for at least 5 minutes and then give your dog lots of positive reinforcement and encouragement like you are happy to see your puppy because he has been good in the crate. You may even want to give your puppy a treat.
When you first start Border Collie crate training only leave your puppy in the crate for small periods of time like one or two hours. As your Border Collie gets older you can extend the hours to being closer to a full night’s sleep. Crate training a Border Collie can take some patience but it is worth it to provide your dog with a secure place of its own.
Crate training a Border Collie properly means that your dog will not bark continuously while you are out and there will be less anxiety when you have to leave the house. Border Collie crate training also ensures your furniture and possessions will not be chewed to shreds while you are out. As long as you train your Border Collie as a puppy there is a lot less stress for everyone in your household, including your Border Collie.