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!
- Use toys, treats or bits of kibble to make going in the crate a positive experience.
- Leave a no-tip water bowl in case your dog gets thirsty.
- When they are first getting used to the crate, allow them to go in and out freely, so they can get used to it.
- Start by leaving them in the crate for 5-10 minutes at a time, then work your way up to longer periods of time.
- When leaving the house, do so casually so that your dog sees this as a normal activity.
- 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).
- 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.
- Read LifeLine's full guidelines on How To Crate Train Your Dog.