Do you want to know how to train your Redbone Coonhound to be comfortable with their crate? You’re not alone. Crate training is invaluable for Coonhounds when they need to be put somewhere when their owners are away. Crate training reduces anxiety, destructive behaviour and barking when you are not home or you cannot watch your Redbone Coonhound. It is also comes in handy when you have a puppy or fully grown dog that needs to be house trained. Implementing crate training can also make your life much easier if your Coonhound insists on sleeping in unwanted places such as on the couch or in the garden beds.
What is the Value of Crate Training a Redbone Coonhound?
Your Redbone Coonhound will learn to love their crate, and it will become their safe place. A wild dog will seek out a small, safe space to burrow into that will keep them warm and protected. A crate replicates this wild place perfectly. A Coonhound that has wide open spaces will often have trouble determining where their “home” is, and it will grow anxious trying to control and patrol the entire space.
How to Learn a Redbone Coonhound about a Crate
Puppies are the ideal students when it comes to crate training. It can be done with an adult Redbone Coonhound but they will have a harder time adjusting to the small space and may grow anxious. Your puppy may experience some anxiousness but they adapt more quickly as they are more impressionable.
Initially place the crate in a high traffic area where your Redbone Coonhound will be exposed to people often. At night, you should put the crate near your bedroom, for example underneath your bedroom window. This provides your Coonhound with a safe presence nearby. Eventually, after a month or so, you should be able to move their crate to a permanent location.
When you put your puppy in their crate, ensure you provide them with a clean, comfortable place to sleep, a source of water, and a toy to play with. Don’t give them a crate that is huge. A crate should only be big enough for them to sleep in. If your Redbone Coonhound puppy can walk around in it, they may make a mess in it. As long as your puppy can turn around in the crate, it is plenty big enough.
When your Redbone Coonhound whines in its crate resist the urge to comfort them or let them out. You will only teach them that if they whine or bark then you will attend to them. When a puppy has been quiet for 5-10 minutes then it may be let out of its crate. Reward them with praise and pats when you do take them out to reinforce that they did it right.
Initially, aim to leave your puppy in the crate for short periods of time; an hour or two to begin with. As they become accustomed to the crate, gradually increase that time to match a full night of sleep or a day at work.
A crate trained Redbone Coonhound will be a dog that never gets too loud, destructive, or anxious when you leave. Training will also help when you need to place your hunting dog in a crate on the back of your truck when you are hunting. Your dog will whine less, mess less, and be a pleasure to transport.