Crate training is valuable and can be helpful in a lot of circumstances for instance when you are trying to housebreak your puppy, keeping your dog safe when you leave the home, if you have to board your dog, when traveling with your dog it is helpful in hotel’s, and it creates a safe environment for your dog. Look at crating your dog as a place where they can go to feel safe and get a good night sleep.
Keys to Helping Your Dog Adjust to Their Crate
• Make sure the crate is large enough for your dog that he or she can stand up comfortably and turn around.
• Choose a wire crate or cargo crate I prefer a wire crate there is more air circulation for the dog.
• For the first 3 days feed your dog in their crate and leave the crate door open.
• On the 3rd day close the crate door while your dog is eating than open it when they have finished eating.
• After the 3rd day start putting your dog in the crate on and off throughout the day start with 5 to 15 minutes include a chew toy.
• Continue increasing the time in the crate each day.
• By the 2nd week you will have your dog sleep in the crate during the night.
• Put the crate in your room near your bed if your dog should whine or cry comfort them with your voice.
• Please do not take your dog out of the crate if they are barking or whining this will only teach them to bark or whine more to get their way.
• Only release your dog when they are quiet.
• Make their crate a comfortable place to be and if needed put a sheet or towel over the crate to keep them warm.
• During the day a dog can be in a crate up to 4 hours at a time.
• At night your dog can sleep in the crate the entire evening.
Final note make crate training fun and be positive it will help your dog adjust quickly and with a good attitude.