Crate Training

Indoor crates are highly effective training tools and can provide a safe and quiet retreat for your dog.

When introducing your dog to a crate, make the crate as comfortable as possible with a soft bed or blanket. Start your dog’s crate training by stuffing a KONG toy with a favorite treat. Let your dog see and smell the stuffed KONG, then place the KONG in the back of the crate leaving the door open. You can sit on the floor by the crate and praise your dog as she moves toward the KONG. Let your pup chew on the KONG in the crate to help her feel more comfortable. Repeat this until your dog is happy to settle in the crate on his or her own.

Never try to push, pull, or force your dog into the crate. Be patient and use your treat-stuffed KONGs to make the crate a positive, welcoming, and safe place for your dog.

As your dog becomes more comfortable inside the crate, start to close the door and leave it closed for short periods of time. During the early stages of training, don’t open the crate when your dog is barking, crying or whining. Only open it when your dog quiets down. This will teach your dog that barking, crying or whining won’t result in the door being opened.

Crates are great for housetraining, preventing destructive behavior, reducing separation anxiety, and transportation. Never use crates for punishment or excessive confinement, as this will only undo all the training the two of you have completed so far.

Contact your local dog-training professionals or clubs to further enhance your dog’s training.