Congratulations on bringing a dog into your home! Your new best friend will bring you so much joy. Before you get started with training your pup, though, there are a few things to know about this process. You can train your dog how to sit, how to stay, or even how to high-five—but it takes time and patience. One of the easiest ways to get started is by getting your pup used to a crate. Some dogs may feel stressed in their crates at first; however, you can get them more comfortable with these steps:
Get your dog used to the crate.
Let’s assume you have a dog that has been properly conditioned to the crate, and he knows that it is his safe space. Now it’s time to get him used to being in there for extended periods of time.
The first thing you need to do is make sure the crate isn’t too big or too small for your dog. If it’s too big, then your dog won’t be able to feel comfortable in it and will become anxious when stuck inside. If the crate is too small, then he might feel claustrophobic and will be reluctant at first when you try putting him in there.
Next up: make sure your dog has plenty of room inside with enough headroom so he doesn’t feel like he’s trapped or confined while inside! Now we can move onto other important factors such as temperature control (heating pads are great), noise level (if possible remove any loud appliances nearby) and lighting levels (bright lights should not shine directly into their eyes).
More on how to get your dog used to the crate.
We want to teach your dog that going into the crate is a good thing, so it’s important to use positive reinforcement. If you’re using treats, make sure that they are small and moist so that your dog will be able to eat them quickly without getting frustrated.
If the crate is too small for your adult dog, try putting some of his favorite toys in there. If the crate is too large for him, he may feel lost and overwhelmed by all of that space; if this happens he might refuse to enter the crate at all!
Also keep in mind that the height of your puppy’s bed should be low enough for her not to get up on it inadvertently—this can become an issue when she grows older because larger breeds tend not only grow taller but also heavier over time (and thus more likely than smaller dogs would be). Finally: Make sure it’s not too dark or light either—a darker room might make her feel like she has no privacy while being awake whereas bright lights could similarly cause stress for some dogs.”
Start feeding your pup in their crate with the doors open.
You’ll want to do this with the doors wide open at first. It’s important that your dog sees you put food in the crate and then let them out, so they know what’s going on. Once they’re comfortable with that, try closing the door for a few seconds and then letting them out again. This step will take some time and patience, but it’s crucial for training your dog how to get in a crate without any struggle or stress!
- Start feeding your pup in their crate with the doors open
- Let your pup see you put food in the crate and then let them out (repeat steps 1–3 until training is complete)
Introduce the door.
Introduce the door slowly. If your dog is afraid of being confined, this can be a scary experience for both him and you. Make sure that the crate is big enough so he has room to move around in it comfortably and clearly marked with a name tag on the front of it. If he’s not used to being confined, don’t use the door as a way of confining him; instead, let him get used to seeing it open and closed—this will help him understand what its purpose is without making him think it’s meant for confinement. As soon as he seems comfortable with his new home base (cocoon), think about using some treats or favorite toys to lure him in with positive reinforcement!
Get your dog comfortable with closed doors.
Start by closing the door a few times a day and letting your dog get used to the sound of it. It’s important that you don’t let him out once he starts barking or whining, or else he’ll learn that this is what gets him out of his crate—and we don’t want that! Also try not to slam the door shut as you’re doing this, since that can be scary for some dogs.
Use verbal encouragement and rewards.
Use verbal encouragement and rewards to help your dog feel comfortable in the crate. The tone you use should be happy and upbeat, but not overly excited or animated. If your dog is fearful, keep the tone low and encouraging. You can also reward with treats and praise to help motivate your dog to continue trying new things. Your dog will soon learn that going into his crate means he gets a reward!
You can train your dog to love their crate, for both of you!
Crate training is one of the best ways to train your dog. It’s easy and beneficial for both you and your pet. Once your dog is used to being in their crate, you can use it for all sorts of things:
- If you’re away from home or have company over and don’t want the dog in the way, place them in their crate until they are calm and quiet.
- When traveling with a puppy, keep him contained within his travel crate so he doesn’t get distracted by sights or sounds on a long drive!
And if those aren’t enough reasons why everyone should learn how to train their dogs with crates—it also protects them from getting into trouble (or worse)! The benefits are endless when it comes to training your pup this way!
Well, that’s it! Now you know the basics of how to crate train your dog. It may seem like a lot at first, but remember it’s all worth it in the end. Your pup will be comfortable and safe whether you are home or not and enjoy napping in their cozy, familiar sleeping spot. Make sure to be consistent with these tips so that your training is successful, and soon you will have a well-behaved dog who loves their crate!