Does your dog seem to work harder at staying out of his crate than you do trying to get him to go in? Did you know this goes completely contrary to your pup' s nature? In fact, your pup should want to go into his crate whenever he can, as it is natural for him to want to find a safe cave-like spot as his den. A crate makes the perfect place for him to nap or "hide" when he is feeling scared. The good news is that you can train your dog to go into his crate and to do so on command, not just when he feels like it.
Most people tend to use the crate as a tool to help with potty training their pups, which is a perfectly good use for a crate. But, how are you going to this if you can't get your pup to go in the crate without a fight, if at all? One word of warning, however: your pup's crate is not the final solution to overcoming common behaviors in your pup. When used in the wrong manner, the crate may only make things worse.
This is a relatively simple command to teach your dog as long as you are ready to work with him for a few days. Most people use a simple single word command for this one, "Crate!", but you can use any word you want, just keep it simple. The intent is that you leave the door open on the crate whenever it is not occupied by command so that when you say "Crate!" your dog knows where is he is supposed to go and goes there.
Since we are not dealing with potty training here, we are going to assume your pup knows how to let you know when he needs to go. There are also a few basic rules you need to know before you start crate training.
With most dogs, training should be relatively easy as they have a natural desire to go into their den. However, it is your job to bring out that natural desire without making them feel as though they are being punished. You can train any age dog to use a crate if you are willing to put in the time and effort with your furry four-legged friend.
For this type of training, there really isn’t much in the way of supplies, but here's the list:
That's it-- beyond having tons of patience, being able to use a stern voice, and having the time to practice several times a day, every day of the week until he masters this command.