Crate training is extremely useful for puppies and older dogs alike. Dogs naturally love small, cozy places. Plus, crate training is helpful for both potty training and easing separation anxiety.
Remember that this takes time! Practice a few times a day and keep your sessions short.
After a few sessions, your dog should start becoming comfortable with the crate. Next, let’s get them use to the door closing.
Next, practice closing the door, leaving the room, and then coming back. Placing a blanket over the crate helps your dog feel more comfortable.
Over time, you can increase your dog’s time in the crate.
Potty breaks should happen before and after your dog enters or leaves the crate. Every time you take your dog out of the crate to go outside, even if they were in the crate for just 30 minutes, reward them for going to the bathroom.
Make sure that you're helping your dog build a positive association with the crate by taking things slowly and rewarding with lots of treats. Crate training can take time, so try not to rush things.
It's perfectly normal if your dog needs a few sessions to feel comfortable enough to go all the way into the crate and turn around.