Crate training can help teach your pup responsibility, it helps with anxiety, and it’s very helpful for training a new puppy. While in a dream world, our dogs would be well-behaved, won’t destroy things, and will let us know when they need to go outside, the truth is that’s not always possible.
Dog crate training is part of helping your dog become less anxious and more obedient. It also creates an independent and safe environment for your dog that will help them tremendously when you’re not there.
While crate training is undoubtedly controversial, it’s up to pet owners to choose the training methods that best align with their beliefs. If you’re still unsure about this training method, we reached out to Ayumi from Paw by Paw Dog Training & Behavior to share her thoughts on crate training and some of her recommendations.
1. Introduce Your Dog to the Crate
To start, place the crate in an area of the house where your family spends a lot of time. The kitchen or the living room are great examples. Put something soft inside the crate and start talking to your dog, calling them into the crate. Ensure the door is securely opened, so it won’t hit your dog and frighten them as they’re trying to go inside.
If they don’t come, encourage them with food, treats near it, or a toy. Once they get close to the crate, reward this behavior, and continue praising them as they go inside the crate. Don’t force them to enter, though. Keep tossing treats and talking to them until they feel comfortable going inside. For some dogs, this step might take a few minutes, while it may take several days for others.