Crate training is an aspect of training a new Pitbull Terrier that many dog owners do not want to begin.
Crate training can feel a bit cruel, and many new dog owners, including those who recently adopted a Pitbull Terrier, may think they can get through the puppy phases without using a crate.
Perhaps that is possible, and if you choose that route, good for you.
I can tell you that I used a crate and still do for my 3-year-old Terrier and believe in crate training 100%.
Especially with a dog such as a Pitbull that is known to have plenty of energy.
The rest of this discussion is designed to break down why crate training is so necessary.
Plus, what you can do for your Pitbull Terrier to effectively use a crate for your dog in the most ethical manner.
Here is a quick layout of how I plan to break this down.
- Why Crate Training Is Important For Pitbull’s
- The 3 Methods Possible For Crate Training A Pitbull Terrier
- Ensuring You Have The Proper Size Crate For Your Pitbull Terrier
- Crate Training Is Beneficial For Your Pitbull In Many Ways
Why Crate Training Is Important For Pitbull’s
Before diving into every aspect of crate training, I thought it would be more fitting to break down some of the reasons it is so important to even consider crate training in the first place.
Crate training provides more benefits than new dog owners believe and can provide your home safety and provide your dog comfort, and protection.
Here are 3 of my favorite benefits of crate training my Terrier.
#1- We All Have Jobs And Lives To Live
Adopting a new Pitbull Terrier can be extremely exciting, but it doesn’t come without challenges.
New puppies, regardless of the dog breed, have certain phases they go through.
Chewing is one of these phrases which can easily mean that you are constantly watching for damage to items around the home and even trying to keep your Pitbull Terrier safe.
What I mean by this is the potential for chewing items around the home that may not be safe for consumption.
Here is the deal with any new Terrier, including a Pitbull.
All of us, as owners, go through a learning curve, and you do not know everything until you have encountered certain situations.
Since we all have outside lives to live, including work, date nights with our spouse, and other obligations, it makes sense to use a crate to provide safety and peace of mind during these times.
You should be able to raise a Pitbull Terrier ethically and responsibly without being home and supervising at all hours of the day.
Hence, a crate can help provide some of this safety and protection for your home and your Pitbull during these hours.
Feel free to take my advice on this benefit or don’t take it.
I can assure you a crate and diligent crate training for your Pitbull Terrier is going to be a lifesaver in the long run.
No question about it.
#2- Crates Help Reinforce Potty Training Efforts With Pitbull Terriers
Potty training a new Pitbull Terrier can be one of the most frustrating tasks for a new dog owner.
Not because it is overly complicated but simply because it requires patience and mistakes still happen.
New Pitbull owners often have the most issues at night or when they can’t supervise with potty training.
Again, think of times where you leave your Pitbull home alone, such as going to work for 8 hours.
It seems like an easy task to let your Pitbull outside when you are home and available to do so, and things can be going great just to wake up at 6am to potty mistakes on a new carpet.
A properly sized crate for your Pitbull can help eliminate this issue.
The same can be said for the hours you are at work.
Pitbull’s or any dog for that matter do not enjoy soiling or going potty where they sleep.
Hence, crate training a Pitbull puppy or a non-fully grown and matured Pitbull can help reinforce your potty-training efforts and avoid potential mistakes.
#3- Crates Provide Better Sleep and Separation For Everyone
It is not only Pitbull’s that experience separation anxiety and potentially even display negative behaviors when left alone.
A lot of dogs will do this.
While you will experience the whining and feeling guilty, crate training can help provide protection and avoid some of these negative behaviors when you can’t be around.
All around, crates are not meant to use in excess but can undoubtedly be an excellent tool for protection, comfort, and training reinforcement for a new Pitbull and especially for a new dog owner.
As you can tell, crate training for a Pitbull is something I highly recommend.
Now that we know some of these key benefits you can gain from implementing crate training, I want to touch on some of the primary situations you should consider using a crate for your Pitbull and how exactly you should implement each.
The 3 Methods Possible For Crate Training A Pitbull Terrier
Method 1-Crate Training For Sleepy Time With Pitbull Terriers (Best for Sleeping Hours)
Sleeping is one of the most influential and valuable times to crate train your Pitbull.
It is going to allow more sleep for you, and more rest for your dog interrupted.
Not to mention, when your Pitbull is a puppy, your dog will learn that life goes on when you are not in the same room.
Additionally, crate training during sleeping hours helps reinforce your potty-training efforts with your Pitbull.
Here is precisely how I would do it.
#1- Make sure your crate is in a different room from where you sleep to avoid the temptation of allowing your Pitbull to whine and get you to open the crate.
#2- Get your Pitbull’s crate comfortable and inviting.
Start offering treats and making the crate associated with rewards and good things.
Even with crate training, the crate should always be viewed as comfortable and safe.
#3- Once you start getting your Pitbull to enter the crate and getting comfortable with being inside the crate with the door open, begin closing the door for longer durations of time.
This will help your Pitbull become even more comfortable without stretching the durations too long, in the beginning, causing any additional anxiety.
#4- Continue increasing the amount of time your Pitbull is inside the crate and check in periodically to ensure your Pitbull is comfortable and has not soiled the crate.
#5- Once you feel your Pitbull is comfortable and can handle being inside of the crate, begin using a treat to get your Pitbull into the crate at night for bedtime.
Tell your Pitbull good night and make sure they are comfortable and safe, and leave the room.
Go to bed and do not respond to whines.
This will give your Pitbull the impression whining gets them out of the crate.
It may be challenging, but you must be strong.
It gets much better after a few short days, and you will be glad you did it, trust me.
Method 2-Crating Your Pitbull Terrier With A Comfort Zone Method (Best For Working Hours)
#1-It’s normal for your Pitbull Terrier to have some anxiety when you begin leaving for the day for the first time.
Since leaving their family and mother, they have been around you and getting comfortable with their environment.
Now things are about to change again for them, which can cause separation anxiety.
Do your best to make them comfortable during these times.
I know it’s tough, but you need to forget about it until you get home.
If you work long shifts, try to come home on lunch and let them out to potty and see you.
Or use a friend to allow them out briefly and then place them back into the crate after going outside until your working day is complete.
#2- Try and make your Pitbull’s crate as inviting and fun for the hours you will be away.
You can use durable and safe chew toys to give them something extra to do.
If you have another dog in the home, place the crate in a room where your other dog will be so they can feel not so alone.
Another dog in the room and some suitable/safe chew toys will help them occupy their time and forget about you, even if it’s just for a few hours.
#3- When leaving for work, try and find a room that’s out of the way for your crate and the Pitbull but try and avoid closed doors.
It is best to use open areas where they can still hear or see the interaction, other pets in the home, or just everyday commotion.
The silence and isolation of a room where the door is closed could increase the anxiety for your dog, causing them to become uncomfortable or even try to find ways out of the crate.
Method 3-Making The Crate Desirable Without Forcing For Your Pitbull Method (Best For Any Hours Needed)
The you a last method you will likely use is when you don’t need to leave for an entire day of work, and you also are not sleeping.
These can be when you need to crate your Pitbull or Pitbull puppy for times such as running errands or visiting family and friends.
It’s still too long of duration to trust leaving a new Pitbull out for the entire time but not too long to stress having a friend drop in to take them out to potty.
During these times, you will want to use all the prior tips we have discussed this far.
Make sure the crate is comfortable.
Don’t leave for 4-6 hours in the beginning.
Break your Pitbull into being in a crate slowly until they grow comfortable enough with it to be left for longer durations of time.
1 of the 3 methods will always be one of your primary times that you need to utilize a crate, and I can promise you one thing.
Crate training is a much better alternative for everyone involved, including you and your new dog, than constantly dealing with damaged carpet from potty mistakes or chewed-up items.
Not to mention, it is much safer.
Ensuring You Have The Proper Size Crate For Your Pitbull Terrier
One of the last recommendations I want to be sure to touch on is the size of the crate for your Pitbull.
I highly recommend a crate that will accommodate your Pitbull during puppyhood and as they grow.
One of the best ways to do this is to purchase a large crate now (for when your Pitbull is full-grown) that offers a partition or a different spot that allows you to shrink the crate.
This allows a crate that will last a lifetime while providing the correct sizing through the growth phase.
Make sure your Pitbull Terrier has enough space to lay with comfort but not too much space to move around freely (walking).
Too much space will encourage potty accidents, and too small will not be comfortable.
Treat the crate as a safe space for sizing that allows full stand-up position, body rotation, comfortable laying with a few toys, and a comfy dog bed.
Crate Training Is Beneficial For Your Pitbull In Many Ways
As you can see, crate training is not nearly as cruel as many individuals make it out to be.
It can be highly beneficial for your Pitbull for sleep, anxiety relief, and just to give you a break from your dog.
Not to mention, crate training your Pitbull will keep them safe and your property safe when you are away.
Follow the steps and tips we have laid out in today’s discussion for the best results.
Luna and I promise the crate training will get easier every day.
Luna and I wish you the best of luck with your Pitbull Terrier, and we hope crate training goes smoothly for you.
Do You Currently Crate Your Pitbull Terrier?
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