Some dogs take to crate training right away, for others it can be a challenge. Here are our tips for successful crate training.
1) Fill The Crate With Your Pup's Stuff
Before you introduce your fur baby to their new crate, fill it up with their bed, blanket and some toys. This will help your pup view the crate as a fun place.
2) Introduce Your Dog To The Crate With The Door Open
If your pup explores the crate on his own, give lots of praise! If not, sit next to the crate and call your canine kid over. After a few moments of exploring, invite your pup inside. The goal is to get him to go inside on his own. To do this, put a treat in the middle of the crate. Once he's inside, offer lots of praise. It's important to make the crate a positive place.
3) Close The Door For A Short Period Of Time
When you first introduce your fur baby to the crate, don't close the door. You don't want him to feel trapped. Once he seems comfortable with the crate, close the door for a second or two. When you open the door, give lots of praise. Try this several times over a span of about five to ten minutes.
4) Leave The Room
Now that your pup is familiar with the crate and isn't afraid of a shut door, try leaving the room. Leave them in the crate for about a minute. When you come back into the room, stay calm. If your pet is whining, wait until he calms down. If you let your little one out when he cries, he will associate crying with getting what he wants.
5) Leave The House
The first few times you leave your dog in the crate home alone, only leave for a short amount of time. Try a quick trip to the gas station or store.