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 your dog can help keep them from chewing or eating something that is dangerous and, in turn 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 to crate train a 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:
Christine Durrant, CPDT-KA Professional Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant