Crate Training

The gold standard approach

___ A crate should always be viewed as a positive safe haven for your dog.

___ Never use a crate as a means of punishment.

___ Clean their bedding, toys and crate weekly.

___ A wire dog crate should be away from direct sunlight, vents & drafts.

___ Best to place in an area that is frequented. Corners are best. I.e. Kitchen/ family room.

___ To cover or not cover a crate – It depends on the dog. If they’re going to pull it in and chew then don’t do it.

___ Door open and toss HVF (high value food) near crate.
___ Door open and toss HVF inside the crate. Praise dog whenever he/she approaches the crate. I.e. Good crate!

___ Place your dog’s toys inside the crate so they will be more inclined to associate it with a good place. Praise!

___ Feed 1 meal inside the crate. Place the plate at the doorway / opening of the crate.

___ Door open – Feed 1 meal inside the crate. Every few days, move the dish towards the back of crate.
___ Door open – Feed 1 meal inside the crate. While dog is eating quietly close (do not lock) the crate door. 

___ Feed 1 meal inside the crate. While dog is eating, quietly close and lock the crate door. 30 – 60 sec

___ Encourage your dog to go into his/her crate when you are home. Offer a stuffed kong. Follow steps above, gradually build up time. 20 minutes.

Now your dog should be ready to go in their safe haven crate with a yummy stuffed kong (healthy food of course) and you begin the process of leaving the room or house for less than 5 minutes (depending on dog’s comfort level) and work up the time.