Crate training is important for many reasons. Dogs love the security of small spaces. If you are away from the home for a long period, the dog feels comforted by his crate. Getting a dog to love its crate is a simple process. You will be able to train the dog with love and understanding. Most dogs enjoy their home and wish to go into it on their own. Showing them that it is their space is an important concept in crating.
Begin crate training your dog as a puppy. The younger the dog is, the easier it is to teach them to get into the crate on their own. It is not impossible for older dogs to love its crate. However, this takes more time and control from you.
Fix up the crate. Place the puppy’s favorite blanket, pillow or rug into the crate. Food and water needs to be in the crate as well. Add treats, bones and play toys. You want the pet to feel at home with things that they enjoy.
Let the dog walk into the crate by him or herself. If you force your pet, they will be unhappy with their home and will not enjoy being in the crate. Once the animal walks inside on their own give them treats and overly praise them. They will understand that they have pleased you and will want to continue to do so.
Lock the puppy inside the crate a little at a time. You will need the pet to understand that you will return to play and love on them. Begin with five-minute intervals. At first, stay near the crate. Once the puppy gets use to that, leave the room then return a short time later. Do not return if the dog is barking or whining. Wait until they have relaxed then return and praise their good behavior. Let them out of the crate and play with them.