5 crate training tips

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1. Introduce your dog to the crate

Put a soft blanket or towel in the crate. Let the dog explore the crate at their leisure. Encourage your dog to enter the crate by dropping some small food treats nearby, then just inside the door, and finally, all the way inside the crate. If they refuse to go all the way in at first, that's OK; don't force them to enter.

2. Feed your dog meals in the crate

After introducing your dog to the crate, begin feeding them their regular meals near the crate. This will create a pleasant association with the crate.With each successive feeding, leave the door closed a few minutes longer, until they’re staying in the crate for 10 minutes or so after eating.

3. Practice with longer crating periods

Sit quietly near the crate for five to ten minutes, and then go into another room for a few minutes. Return, sit quietly again for a short time, and then let them out of the crate. Repeat this process several times a day, gradually increasing the length of time you leave them in the crate and the length of time you're out of sight.

4. Crate your dog when you leave

After your dog can spend about 30 minutes in the crate without becoming anxious or afraid, you can begin leaving them crated for short periods when you leave the house.Don't make your departures emotional and prolonged.

5. Crate your dog at night

Initially, it may be a good idea to put the crate in your bedroom or nearby in a hallway, especially if you have a puppy.Once your dog is sleeping comfortably through the night with the crate near you, you can begin to gradually move it to the location you prefer.

Source: AHS

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