Written by Christine Durrant, Professional Dog Trainer and Pet Care Consultant
When used properly, a crate can be one of a dog’s favorite places. Because some dogs are destructive, crate training can help keep them from chewing or eating something that is dangerous can save their life. Crate training is also a wonderful tool for potty training. The crate should be your dog’s safe place, where they can go for rest, quiet time and sleep. It should not be used as a punishment.
These instructions are geared for dogs 4 months or older. If you are working with a younger puppy, keep everything very short and simplified. We want to make the crate a positive place to be so we need to build its use up carefully.
Step-by-step for Crate Training: