Your Dog to Use a Dog Crate Dog
crate training can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few weeks
depending on your dog’s age, temperament, and past experiences.
It’s important to keep two things in mind while crate training.
The crate should always be associated with something pleasant.
2. Training should take place in a series of small steps – don’t
go too fast.
the crate in an area of your house where the family spends a lot
of time, such as the kitchen or family room. Put a soft blanket
or towel in the crate. Bring your dog over to the crate and talk
to him in a happy tone of voice. Make sure the crate door is securely
fastened opened so it won’t hit your dog and frighten him.
encourage your dog to enter the crate, drop some small food treats
near it, then just inside the door, and finally, all the way inside
the crate. If he refuses to go all the way in at first, that’s okay
– don’t force him to enter. Continue tossing treats into the crate
until your dog will walk calmly all the way into the crate to get
the food. If he isn’t interested in treats, try tossing a favorite
toy in the crate. This step may take a few minutes or as long as
If you accustom a puppy from the very start to using a crate, he
will quickly come to accept it as normal, and you will find your
job of housebreaking and training him much easier. Simply take him
outside after each nap or meal. Don’t play with him until he has
done his business. If he hasn’t relieved himself in about 10 minutes,
take him back inside and put him in the crate. Repeat the routine
in 10-15 minutes. When he goes, reward him with treats. Placing
a treat inside the crate works especially well to let him know both
that he’s been a good dog, and that the crate is a good place to
go. Don’t confine him in the crate for too long at the beginning,
a couple of hours at most. Make sure he gets enough playtime and
exercise, and he will eventually come to not only accept, but prefer
his crate as a place to sleep and relax.
an older dog. You’ve heard the saying, "You can’t teach an
old dog new tricks." But actually, older dogs can often learn
faster than puppies. When introducing a crate to an older dog, first
let him smell and investigate it with the door open. Put his food
and/or some treats inside. Make it a comfortable (though easy care)
place to be and, as with a puppy, keep confinement periods short
in the beginning. Before long, your older dog
will begin to prefer his crate as a favorite place to hang out.
– If you use a specific command, such as "kennel or kennel
up" from the start whenever putting your dog in his crate,
eventually he’ll come to associate it with the word, and all you’ll
have to do is say the word and your dog will go into his crate.
– To get your dog accustomed to staying in the crate, give him meals
or treats in the crate with the door open. This will create a pleasant
association with the crate.
– Put some washable bedding and a toy in the crate for comfort.
It’s a good idea to rotate toys on a regular basis so your dog doesn’t
– When using the crate for discipline or to interrupt unacceptable
behavior patterns, limit the incarceration to 10-15 minutes, and
whatever you do, don’t make putting him into the crate an unpleasant
experience, or you will teach him to dislike it!
– If your dog has an accident and soils the crate, don’t scold.
It’s probably either because he’s sick or you have left him alone
too long. Try to shorten the period of time he’s left in the crate.