How to Crate Train Your Dog or Puppy

If you’re wondering how to crate train your dog or puppy, the key is to pair positive reinforcement with patience. The process can take days or weeks, but with a little effort and lots of treats, you’ll be on your way to giving your furry friend their own special space. This guide will help you learn more about the benefits of crate training and what it entails. It’ll also describe how to choose the right size crate for your pet and where to put it in your home. I’ve even included some tips for keeping your dog or puppy happy while they’re inside their crate—because when they know they’re safe and secure in their own familiar space, it’ll be easier for them to relax while you’re away at work!

Get a crate of the right size and material.

To crate train your dog or puppy, you’ll need a crate of the right size and material. Your pet should be able to stand up and turn around in the crate comfortably. The best type of material for crates is wire mesh, which makes it easier to clean and keeps small pets from being injured by sharp edges. If you have a larger dog, consider buying a metal cage/crate instead of a plastic one because steel will hold up better over time.

When choosing a crate for your pet, consider how much time each day he or she spends in this space: it’s important that the space be comfortable and safe for all-day confinement—so do not skimp on quality!

Introduce your dog or puppy to the crate using positive reinforcement.

  • The crate should be just large enough for your dog to stand up, turn around and lay down comfortably. You don’t want your dog to have too much room, or he’ll use it as a bathroom and destroy items in the process.
  • The crate should be made of a sturdy material that your dog can’t chew through. Plastic crates are sturdy, but they can get hot in the summertime; metal crates are cooler but not indestructible (and some dogs find them noisy). If you’re looking for something more durable than plastic or metal, wire crates are great options—they’re easy to clean and allow air flow that keeps your dog cool in the summer and warm in the wintertime!

Don’t use the crate as a form of punishment.

It’s important to note that you should never use the crate as a form of punishment. If your dog is misbehaving, don’t put him in his crate and leave him there as punishment. This will make them associate their negative behavior with the crate, which may make training much more difficult in the future.

Instead, try using a leash or harness when introducing your puppy or dog to being crated on their own. Start by placing some treats inside of the crate so that they start associating it with good things right away!

Take time to get used to it gradually.

When you first introduce your pet to the crate, do so gradually. Do not try to force them into it or scare them by putting them in there right away. This will only make things worse and could lead to an anti-crate attitude that will show up later on when you need your dog or puppy to stay in the crate for longer periods of time.

Instead of forcing your pet, try distracting them with a toy or something else that they enjoy using as an alternative activity while you open the door and let them go inside on their own terms. Then, once they are inside, close the door behind you very slowly so that there is no loud noise associated with it slamming shut suddenly—this can be scary for some dogs.

Don’t leave your pet in the crate for too long.

There are a few important things to keep in mind when it comes to crate training your dog or puppy. First and foremost, don’t leave your pet in the crate for too long. You should use the cage as a place for your dog or puppy to rest—not as punishment or as an alternative for you not being home with them all day every day.

The size and shape of the crate will also determine how long you can leave your pup inside before they start getting restless and uncomfortable. The ideal size would be large enough for them to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably; but small enough that they feel safe and secure while inside the enclosure (but still able to see what’s happening around them). It should also be placed in a quiet area so that they don’t get startled by loud noises every time someone walks by outside their room/cage door (or knocks on it).

Finally, make sure that it’s located near where both you spend most of your time throughout most days: this way there won’t be any confusion about whether or not this is just another place where people hang out together without pets allowed!

Keep your dog or puppy’s crate in a quiet spot that you can easily monitor.

  • Keep your dog or puppy’s crate in a quiet spot that you can easily monitor.
  • Don’t place the crate near busy areas of your home, like the kitchen or family room where there is a lot of traffic and noise.
  • Make sure to keep the crate somewhere quiet and away from loud noises like televisions, music players and other appliances that make noise as well as people who may be talking loudly around it (such as children). This will help ensure that your dog or puppy feels safe while crated, which means they will be less likely to bark at what they perceive as a threat or feel overwhelmed by all the activity around them. In addition to being able to hear everything going on around him/herself outside their cage, dogs are very social animals who thrive off human companionship! So try not leaving them alone for extended periods of time when possible–it’ll do wonders for everyone involved.”

Make sure your pet gets enough exercise if they’re spending more time indoors.

  • Exercise is important for your pet’s mental, physical and emotional health.
  • If you don’t have time to exercise with your dog every day, consider hiring a walker who can take your pet out on a regular basis.
  • Ask yourself if there are any times when you are home and unable to walk with your dog. If so, consider using one of the other options in this article that allow your dog the freedom of being outdoors while still keeping them safe from danger.


With a little patience and the proper technique, your dog will soon be crate-trained. If you’re still struggling with it, never hesitate to contact your local veterinarian for advice and help. Good luck!