Why Crate Train Your Dog?
How to Crate Train Your Dog: The Weekend Plan continued...
Saturday Evening: Introduction to Alone Time
When your dog is used to hanging out in her crate with the door closed while
you sit nearby, you can move on to the next step: leaving her alone for a
little while. Repeat the exercise you’ve been practicing, just as it’s
described above-but this time, latch the crate door and start to move away from
- To warm up, do a couple of repetitions like you did in the afternoon. Sit
on the floor or in a chair next to your dog’s crate. Say “Go to bed” and point
to the crate. When your dog goes in, close the crate door and reward her with a
few treats while she stays in the crate. After about 30 seconds, say “Okay” and
open the crate door to let your dog out.
- Now you’ll close the crate door briefly. Say your cue, “Go to bed,” and
point to the crate. When your dog goes in, close and latch the crate door, and
then give her a treat.
- Stand up and give your dog another treat. Take a few steps away from the
crate and then return to give your dog a treat.
- Say “Okay” and open the crate door to let your dog come out.
Repeat the steps above 10 times, each time walking away in a different
direction. After a short break, do 10 more repetitions, slowly building up the
time your dog stays in the crate while you walk around the room. As you
increase the time, throw in some easy repetitions. Start with 10 seconds, then
increase to 15. Try 20 seconds, then go back to 10. Increase to 30 seconds,
drop to 15, then up to 45, and then an easy 5. Continue to return to the crate
and reward your dog every few seconds while she’s inside. In the beginning, be
very generous. As your dog becomes more and more comfortable resting in her
crate, you can gradually decrease how frequently you treat her.