Crate Training

Crate Training Benefits

 

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. 

 

  1. 1. Start off with a positive association with the crate by putting a treat just inside the entrance of the crate. 
  2. 2. After a few successful attempts, slowly start putting treats further back in the crate. 
  3. 3. Give your pup a jackpot of treats when they go all the way in and turn around. 

 

Remember that this takes time! Practice a few times a day and keep your sessions short.

Closing the door

 

After a few sessions, your dog should start becoming comfortable with the crate. Next, let’s get them use to the door closing.

 

  1. 1. Throw a treat inside the crate and close the door after your dog gets in.
  2. 2. Give a treat through door then open the door.
  3. 3. Repeat several times—make sure you’re creating a positive association with 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 Training

 

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.

Troubleshooting

 

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.

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