The crate should always be out and available, with the door open.
NEVER use for punishment, or “time out.”
Do not lock the dog in the crate when exciting/scary things are going on, such as vacuuming, or when a guest arrives.
Always shut the door slowly and visibly, and do not rush or trick the dog.
Provide your dogs with safe things to eat/chew when you are crate training. See my article about Food Stuffable Toys.
Do not bother the dog when in the crate. The crate is their space. Ask family members not to put their hands in the crate.
Never forcibly put the dog in the crate, never forcibly remove the dog from crate.
If your dog is whimpering do not leave him to “work it out.” If your dog is barking or reacting in the crate, he needs help. If your dog has separation anxiety, it is not caused by not using a crate, using a crate, etc, and crates can be torture for dogs with separation anxiety. Consult with a professional.
Emma Kesler, CDBC, CPDT-KA is an award winning certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Dog Trainer who specializes in terrier behavior. Emma has worked exclusively with terriers and their people across the world for a decade, and shares her life with her Welsh Terrier copilot Miles.
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