The English Bull Terrier is perhaps best known as the dog who played "Spuds McKenzie" in the Budweiser commercials back in the '80s or as the "Target Dog." These dogs are fun loving, active--even hyperactive--very playful, and they love to clown around. They are great family dogs, fiercely loyal, and wonderful with kids. They are stubborn to a fault, but only because they want to squeeze out every last second of playtime before complying.
Crate training your Bull Terrier is very important for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it can be used as part of potty training your pup. Secondly, Bull Terriers are like canine wood chippers. While teething or when bored, your pup can turn furniture into a pile of wood chips. This need to chew can also be bad for his health, depending on what he eats.
The task at hand should be an easy one, at least in your mind. Your goal: to train your highly active Bull Terrier to do something that goes against his nature. Most dogs will naturally seek out a den to raise their families, for when they are ill, or simply as a home to get out of the weather. The big difference between a den and a crate is that a den does not have a locking door. The occupant can come and go as he pleases.
Does this mean the task is impossible? No. What it does mean is that you must be prepared to work a little harder and longer to achieve the desired results. But, have faith, as long as you are willing to put in the time and effort needed, you can train your pup to love his crate.
One of the most important steps to getting started with crate training is, of course, to make sure you have the right size crate. Start out with one that fits your pup and will fit him through a couple of growth spurts and then upgrade to one that will be a comfortable fit for him as an adult dog. You need to make the crate look and feel like a den to him. So, plan on adding wall-to-wall carpeting, a nice plush bed, a hanging water bottle or a water bowl, and a few toys to occupy your pup's attention. You may also need:
The only other things you need for this training are plenty of time to work with your pup and an endless supply of patience to overcome his playful stubborn nature. The big thing is to make it fun and let your pup set the pace, there really isn't any need to be pushy or to try and rush your pup, he'll get there in his own good time (within reason).