Crate training provides your puppy with a safe, quiet space. It aids in house training, prevents destructive behaviors, and is useful in emergencies.
The crate should be sturdy, easy to clean, and large enough for your dog to stand, turn, and lie down. Consider your pup's expected size and temperament.
Make the crate welcoming by placing it in the family room and adding soft blankets. Allow your dog to explore the crate at her leisure.
Use a positive voice and treats to entice your pup into the crate. Never force her to go in. Gradually, she should feel comfortable walking in and out.
Start feeding your pup inside the crate to create a positive association. If she's reluctant, place the food as far as she's comfortable going.
Once your pup is comfortable, confine her in the crate for short periods while you're home. Gradually increase the amount of time she's left alone.
Start crating your pup overnight once she's comfortable. Keep the crate in your bedroom initially to hear if she needs to go to the bathroom.