Thursday, October 8, 2015 | NHS Behavior Department
Teaching your dog to go into his crate on his own is easiest when you keep it fun. Show him what you want him to do by using small steps and lots of yummy treats. Here's an example to get you started:
Goal Behavior: Fido will get into his crate when asked to "kennel."
Rewards: Small pieces of cut-up hot dog, chicken, or other tasty dog treats. Treats only need to be about the size of a pea. Using smaller rewards will keep Fido working longer and allow him to eat quickly and stay focused.
Steps to get there:
Note: Don't forget to reward Fido for coming out of the crate when you ask him to. We want him to remember being out of the crate is just as wonderful as being in.
Keep your training sessions short and reward often: This will keep your time together fun for both you and your dog. If you don’t get through all the steps in one session, don't worry. End on a positive note while you're both having fun, and try again later. This will help keep Fido motivated and wanting to learn.
Remember: When leaving your dog in his crate for a while, let him relieve himself outside first and provide him with something to keep him busy while you're gone.