Crate training is an essential part of integrating a new dog into your home. Going from the shelter environment to a new, big home can be very scary for a dog. Crate training your new pup allows them to become comfortable in a new environment, without over-stimulating them and causing a lot of stress. View a few of our quick tips for crate training below!


  1. Use toys, treats or bits of kibble to make going in the crate a positive experience.
  2. Leave a no-tip water bowl in case your dog gets thirsty.
  3. When they are first getting used to the crate, allow them to go in and out freely, so they can get used to it.
  4. Start by leaving them in the crate for 5-10 minutes at a time, then work your way up to longer periods of time.
  5. When leaving the house, do so casually so that your dog sees this as a normal activity.
  6. Leave a towel or blanket in the crate so they can get comfortable on a cool surface while you are gone. (This is especially important for dogs with long hair).
  7. Don't feel guilty for leaving your dog in a crate for a few hours at a time! This will become their safe space, their den, where they can sleep and relax without feeling the pressures of protecting the entire house while you're gone.
  8. Read LifeLine's full guidelines on How To Crate Train Your Dog.


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