Teaching your dog to be comfortable in a crate will have many benefits for both you and your dog. The crate can be a place of comfort and security for dogs, as well as a tool to help with potty training or prevention of destructive behaviors. When trained correctly, many dogs enjoy their crate time. Dogs are often required to live in crates for a time if there is an emergency, such as an evacuation, or an injury.
The goal is that the puppy has positive experiences, not neutral or bad ones. It’s important to watch the puppy’s response and note what it is and to also give treats to help ensure the exposure is a success. Here’s a checklist that can help you.