Occasionally we run into people who say that their dog hate their crate and ask for advice on how to help that.
Normally if introduced properly dogs will LOVE their crate. But if they dont here are some tips to help a dog that does not like going in his crate at all.
First, only feed the dog his meals in the crate. This will start to make the crate become a positive thing because it means food! Some dogs might not eat in the crate the first couple days if they really dislike their crate but keep offering the food to them twice a day in their crate. Once in the morning and once at night. This alone normally can make the difference if done consistently for a few weeks or a month. Dogs wont starve themselves, they’ll eat!
Second, offer the dog a high value reward (chicken, old steak, really good treat) each and every time they go into the crate. Try to lure them into the crate with the treat and then reward them with the treat when they go in. While basic, alot of people dont ever try to make the crate a happy place they just force the dog in and expect them to like it.
Third, put the dog in there with a rawhide bone or a kong. Use some sort of chewy toy that they can eat and keep themselves busy while in the crate and ROTATE the bones or peanut butter or cheese thats put in the kong. Dont give the dogs the same thing ever day, mix it up for them and keep it fun. And only give them their special bones or peanut butter filled Kongs in their crate. Once they like the crate you can give them bones and kongs outside the crate but to start with the crate is a JACK POT!!
Meals, treats, bones and kongs. Make the crate a happy place!
Putting a nice bed in there can help too, but make sure the dog is old enough that they arent going to chew it to shreds!