Don’t force your dog into the crate, especially if it seems afraid. Instead, make the crate extra comfortable (a nice plush bed will work). Leave the crate open at all times, put your dog’s favorite toys inside, and feed your dog as close to the crate as it will get. If there is a removable top, take it off.
What do you do when your dog won’t go in his crate?
If he remains reluctant to enter the crate, put the dish only as far inside as he will readily go without becoming fearful or anxious. Each time you feed him, place the dish a little further back in the crate. Once your dog is standing comfortably in the crate to eat his meal, you can close the door while he’s eating.
Is it cruel to lock your dog in a crate?
The Lincolns believe that prolonged confinement can be damaging – and they say some people lock pet dogs in tiny crates for up to 18–22 hours total per day. Over-crated dogs, they say, can suffer complications from “cage-rage”, to anxiety, fearfulness and depression.
Is it cruel to crate a dog while at work?
Leaving a puppy alone in crate while at work is unacceptable. As a rule of thumb, you can leave a puppy in a crate for a maximum of 5 hours straight ONLY, depending on their age. Adult dogs can handle up to 8 hours of confinement, but it shouldn’t be an everyday thing.
What age do you stop crating a dog?
Many dogs will consider the crate their bedroom, using it to sleep and enjoy some alone time. You can usually stop closing your dog into your crate when they are around two years of age.