Crates provide a sense of security for dogs and also aid in housetraining. To successfully crate train a dog, it’s critical to create a positive association with the crate.
- Start a dog’s crate training by stuffing a KONG toy with a favorite treat.
- Let the dog see and smell the stuffed toy, then place the KONG in the back of the crate leaving the door open.
- As the dog chews on the KONG inside the crate, they begin to feel more comfortable and create a positive association with the crate. Repeat this until their dog is happy to settle in the crate on their own.