Crate training a puppy can be a bit of a process. It isn't going to happen overnight, and you won't see the benefits immediately either. However, with a bit of work and commitment, you can make your dog's crate a comfortable and nice space for them.
- Get Them Used to The Crate - The first step to crate train a dog is to show them the area. Put it somewhere which receives heavy traffic by your household and your dog, and allow them to explore it on their own time without any pressure.
- Familiarize Them with the New Space - Allow your dog to spend some time in the crate and have a good look round. You shouldn't shut them in there yet or pressure them.
- Let them Lay in it with the Gate Open to Let it Feel Like a Safe Space - Let your dog get comfortable spending some time in the crate as somewhere safe, this builds a positive association.
- Put a Comfortable Pad in the Bottom to Help Them with Their Comfort - Your dog is unlikely to be happy in an uncomfortable crate, so put a blanket in the bottom.
- Use Some Dry Food to Entice Them into the Crate - If your dog is having trouble with entering the crate on their own, food helps. Using treats or dry food as a reward will help build a positive association with doing so.
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- Feed the Dog Inside the Crate - After your pet has gotten used to the crate and going in there to sleep sometimes, you can give them their dish and food in the crate. If there aren’t comfortable with this, try just leaving the bowl in there. Close the door while they eat and open it once they’ve finished eating. After some time, you can build up the amount of time the door is closed.
- This will allow the Puppy to Get used to Staying in the Crate for Extended Periods of Time - Doing this gradually will help your dog to gain confidence being in the crate. Rather than viewing it as somewhere frightening, they will have a positive association.
- Be Firm If the Puppy Starts to Bark or Whine When you Close the Crate - You should be firm with a dog than whines to come out. However, this has to be combined with pretty generous with treats and praise when they get it right.
- Teach the Puppy the Word No - This is important for general training. However, in the context of crate training a dog, it is important as it allows you to teach the dog what behavior is wrong without opening the crate.
- Increase the Time the Puppy Spends in the Crate - The amount of time your dog spends in their crate needs to be increased gradually. This should preserve the positive associations and let your dog get the most out of crate training.
- Increase Time in Small Increments to Let Them Get Used to Sleeping in the Crate – This helps your dog to view sleeping in there as normal.
- A Puppy Will Eventually Begin to Enter the Crate on their Own – This is a good sign that the crate training is working.
- Place the Puppy in the Crate Overnight or When You Leave For Work – The process of increasing gradually will let you leave them in there for the entire period without worrying.
It’s important to make sure that their crate is a comfortable space as well. This means additions of a comfortable dog bed as well as items such as blankets, and maybe a toy. This allows your dog to stay as comfortable as possible, and not be too bored and destructive. The BuddyRest Premier Memory Foam Crate Bed is a good bed option for a crate, as it is water-resistant so any accidents that may happen are not a big deal, and the memory foam offers comfort and support, no matter what kind of dog you have.