Crate training is not complex, but if you have never crate trained you might have mixed feelings about using the crate. It's important to remember that crate training isn't cruel, it's actually a great way to create healthy boundaries for you and your pup. Here are a few tips to make crate training simple.
1. Not Making it Comfortable
You want your dog to have positive associations with the crate. Step 1 in that goal is to make sure that the crate is comfortable for your dog. Make sure the crate is large enough so that your dog can stand up and turn around. Make it homey with a comfy bed and whatever else your pooch digs.
2. Giving In and Letting Out
This can be critical. You know the drill. Your dog starts that pathetic little whimper and gives you that look. You know, that look.
Anyway, you just can't resist and you just give in and let your dog out of the crate. The problem is that your dog learns that whimpering and whining will eventually get her out. Stay strong!
3. Not Feeding in the Crate
Dogs love food. The easiest way to create positive vibes around the crate is to feed your puppy in the crate. It also establishes a good routine. By not feeding in the crate, you are missing out on the most powerful positive association.
4. Forcing Your Dog Into the Crate
Don't force your dog into the crate. Use your brain to figure out a way to get your doggy in without force. Or just steal these ideas: use food or a toy.
5. Crating Your Dog for Too Long
Crating a dog is not a long term option. By long term, I mean that you shouldn't crate your dog for 8 hours straight while you are at work.