You have a new member of the family. He’s exactly what you’d hoped your children would be like: cute and doesn’t argue back. Unfortunately, you’d long given up on that dream, but your new dog has restored that faith. You simply want to cuddle him all of the time, but you know deep down that isn’t best for him. You started letting him sleep in the bed with you, but now that habit has become a little too cemented. Your partner isn’t best pleased that there’s something always in-between you and your bedroom is now full of dog hair. You need to train him to sleep in his crate.
This training won’t just be good for you, it will also benefit him. It will prevent him being so dependant on you and may reduce separation anxiety. If he’s always allowed to be with you he’ll find it even harder when you go to work or leave the house.
Training your dog to sleep in his crate isn’t easy, especially if he’s young. You may find he cries for long periods of the night to start with. So the hardest part is often resisting the urge to go downstairs and bring him to your bed. You’ll need to make sleeping in the crate as pleasant as possible. You can do that using food, toys and by making the crate a bit homier. Because he’s young he should be adaptable and training could yield successful results in just a couple of days. If he’s stubborn and adamant that he doesn’t want to sleep in a crate, you may need a couple of weeks.
Training him to sleep in a crate comes with only benefits. You won’t have to worry about any toilet accidents on the floor. You also won’t have to walk downstairs to find he’s chewed your lovely new cushions.
Before you can get to work you’ll need a few bits. A crate will obviously be the most essential item. You’ll also need some tasty treats or his favorite food broken into small pieces. Cheese usually goes down well!
You’ll also need a few toys and some bedding to make the crate as comfy as possible. Set aside a few minutes each evening before he goes to bed for training.
You’ll also need to find all your resilience so you don’t give in and let him out of the crate. Once you have all of those things, you can get to work!