Pit Bull crate training is a necessary course of action while trying to leave the home and hoping it’s in the same condition when you return. Pit Bulls can experience separation anxiety and get quite rambunctious while you are gone. It can also assist you in keeping your bed at night pet free. Most Pit Bulls love their crate, enjoying a safe location that is exclusive to them.
How to Crate Train a Pit Bull
Preferably, you will crate train your Pit Bull as a puppy. An adult Pit Bull that has never experienced a crate will have a difficult time adjusting to a small spot, creating anxiety. You may have to use a separate room if available. A Pit Bull puppy may also be initially adverse to the crate but will adjust faster than an adult. Additionally, if you crate train your Pit Bull puppy prior to him ever jumping into your bed, it will upset him less since he has never experienced it.
Keep the Crate close Initially – Start your Pit Bull crate training in your living room or where you most spend your evenings. When you go to bed at night, bring your Pit Bull and the crate with you. Your Pit Bull knowing you are close by will give him comfort and ease any fears. After your Pit grows more comfortable with the crate you will be able to settle on keeping it in one location
Comfort - Make sure your Pit Bull puppy’s crate is a comfortable and clean place to sleep. He will need his bowl of water and anything else to put him at ease such as a favorite toy. The size of his crate should be large enough to sleep in and turn around. If he is able to walk around in it, he may find a corner of it and use it as a bathroom.
Exiting the Crate – During the learning process of Pit Bull crate training, don’t remove your Pit when they are anxious or upset. It will only reward that behavior and he will know that’s what he has to do to get out. You also want to feel comfortable when you leave your home knowing your Pit Bull will remain calm in his crate. Bring your Pit Bull to a relaxed state inside the crate and let him remain that way for a few minutes. After that you can remove him from the crate and award his good behavior.
In the beginning start with a slow introduction, leaving your pit bull in for short periods and then start building from there. When you return and see that he is calm and comfortable you can increase it to hours at a time.
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