Put a soft bed or blanket in the crate. You can also add a toy or two for your dog to play with.
Never use the crate as punishment. Your dog should associate the crate with positive experiences, such as being fed or getting treats.
Let your dog go in and out of the crate freely at first. This will help them to feel comfortable in the space.
Start by crating your dog for short periods of time, such as 15 minutes. Gradually increase the amount of time your dog spends in the crate as they get more comfortable.
The crate should be big enough for your dog to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. It should not be too big, or your dog may feel insecure.
Place the crate in a quiet spot in your home where your dog will not be disturbed. Avoid putting the crate in a high-traffic area or near a noisy appliance.
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