Your dog doesn’t want to leave the crate because right now, that is her safe place. It’s important to avoid any human frustration or anxiousness - they will sense that from you and become fearful of leaving the crate.
Remain calm and relaxed - he should not feel you getting anxious or tense, this will only make him feel nervous
Once he does exit the crate, do not praise him or walk over to him - the treats you left are reward enough. Make this a part of your daily routine - allow him space to enter and exit as he likes. Eventually she will become more relaxed and not see that crate as anything more than a place for your dog to be safe and relaxed.
Crating your dog is not considered a penalty. You can teach the dog to actually love his crate. Avoid any negative association with the crate by making sure the crate is in a comfortable, warm and welcoming part of the house. Avoid the dark, cold, damp basement.
Make sure the crate is sized properly. Many people tend to choose a crate size that is too large - he doesn’t need his own studio apartment. The problem with such a large crate is that he may see it as a great place for a toilet. The ideal size of the crate should be enough for him to stand up and turn around and comfortably lay down.
If you head out to work and no one is around during the day, having a crate for your dog during the day might be a good idea.
There might not be a reason to crate the dog at night. If you crate the dog during the day while you’re at work, having him in his crate at night could be unnecessary. However, if you need him to be crated at night and he’s unhappy try some of the more traditional techniques used for crating in the day. Make it easily accessible, set in a clean and comfortable part of the home, or have one sitting in your bedroom near you.
Typically, if you are house training your dog, crating her at night would be helpful to avoid any middle of the night activity such as using your kitchen as a toilet. Once the dog feels at home and understands his surroundings, they may not need to be crated at night.
There could be a number of reasons a dog might now suddenly avoid going into the crate. Just like teenagers, he may be challenging you to see what he can get away with. Boredom could be another reason. Try adding in one of those Kong biscuit ball toys that act as a puzzle for him. Remain consistent and patient.
Was there something that freaked the dog out? During the last time he entered the crate had something happened that maybe caused a loud noise? He could be now associating the crate as a “bad thing”. Just as you did initially, make sure to help him become comfortable again - keep the door open and show him there’s no reason to fear entering the crate again.
If you have a young puppy, it can take up to 8 weeks to train. Just be aware that most puppies under the age of 4-5 months, are not going to bear being in the crate for more than a few hours at a time. Young puppies do not have the bladder control and they do instinctively cry when they are left alone. Crying while in the crate initially, is normal for just about all dogs as they get used to the whole crate situation.
Do not let the dog “cry it out” - that method went out a long time ago and serves no purpose. You should train your dog to become accustomed to the crate long before you need to hurry off to work or out the door for an appointment. This is not the time to start learning how to crate train the dog. Especially if you live in an apartment building - your neighbors will love you both for that.
Reasons for crying are varied. Get to know your dog and make sure that cry isn’t a cry because he’s in pain.
Many dog owners have differing opinions on this topic. There are many reasons crating your dog makes sense. If you need to go out to work each day, crating the dog in a safe and contained space is a good idea. It keeps him out of the way of getting into the kitchen trash, eating any valuables you’d like kept from him and avoiding any potty accidents.
If your dog is in the teething stage of development - keeping him crated and away from your furniture is a good idea. Having him crate trained while you are out of the house keeps him safe, secure and out of trouble. The use of a crate should not be considered a punishment or anything that your dog sees as a negative. Make sure the crate is always clean, comfortable and safe.
There are a few pointers to keep in mind first before you rush off to work. Make sure to start your all day crate training during a weekend or when you have a few days off to help the dog get accustomed to you not being home.
There aren’t many differences in helping your older rescue dog to getting crate trained. If your rescue dog has never been in a crate before, this will be a new experience for him.
Start by making it an inviting place to be. Open the door, and invite her in by making sure to have a few treats inside. Don’t pressure him to going in. If the dog shows any signs of being fearful, reassure him by sitting beside the crate and speaking in a calm tone - use a command such as “crate” and point inside the crate. After he enters the crate, praise him and give him a treat. Close the door.
Just as mentioned above, you’ll want to extend the amount of time from 15 minutes up to at least one hour. Always make this a positive experience and remain patient and consistent.
I'm Janet, avid rescue dog fan, and parent of two rescues - training them to run, hike, and enjoy their new forever home