General Rules of Crate Training
The crate is a safe personal space for your dog. To teach him that, you should also believe this.
Choose the suitable type of crate for your pup. You can use heavy-duty crates for traveling, and wooden dog houses for a more comfortable experience.
Don't put your dog in the crate for an extended period then he can hold his bladder. This may affect your dog's potty training in a negative way.
Always remember there are training steps to accomplish your goals. Encourage yourself to learn various training techniques.
When there is a potty mistake in the crate, do not punish your pup. Clean the crate immediately and use a deodorizer.
Be extra cautious when you put your dog in the care summertime. Especially in plastic crates, the temperature can immediately rise.
Do not forget to put fresh water in the crate. Also a soft blanket and a toy that contains your pup's favorite treat or peanut butter.
Never keep your dog in the cage for more than 4-5 hours, except the entire night and in compulsory situations.
Do not skip any play and exercise time. Daily walks are the best tool to create a bond between you too. They also help the crate time to be smoother.
If your dog barks, howls, or does any other irritating behavior while inside the cage, never let him go if there is no emergency. If you let your dog out, you will be rewarding him for his bad behavior. The next time he enters the crate, he does the same things again.
Do not put your dog in the crate only when you are going out of the house. If you do this, he will think that you will leave when he enters the crate and will have trouble getting into the cage.
Always remove the leash when putting your dog in the crate. the leash and other gear may cause your pup to get stuck, especially if you use a wire crate.
Remember, crate training is not a magical solution to avoid bad habits. Consistency, practice, and positive association are the key here.
1. Spend time with your dog in front of the crate with the doors open.
2. Whenever your dog looks after the crate (for example, looks at the crate), reward and love him. Repeat this over and over.
3. You will see that over time, your dog's interest in the crate will increase. In the next step, you will want more from your dog. Now, don't reward him for just staring at the crate. Wait and reward and love him only if he moves towards the crate.
4. Repeat the first 3 steps over and over and make things harder for your dog each time (like rewarding him for getting too close to the crate on subsequent reps). Then, when your dog steps into the crate, reward and encourage him.
5. Your dog will now start to enter and exit the crate. By taking things to a higher level; this time reward him when he sits inside, not when he gets in.
6. The last step, now your dog is inside the crate, he is sitting. Now close the crate door and feed him from outside (keep the crate door closed for a few seconds at first and increase this time over time).
7. You can add a verbal command to this if you want. I use the "Go to Bed" command as the command. If you say "go to bed" every time your dog enters the crate, your pup will make the connection with the verbal command over time.