Do not use a crate for punishment because the dog will refuse to go in the create for fear.
Make sure you don't leave the dog in the crate for too long, otherwise the dog does not get enough exercise.
It is very important that the dog gets human interaction or it will become anxious or depressed.
It would be a good idea to hire a pet sitter or take the dog to daycare so that the dog does not have to be alone all day.
A puppy can't control the bladder and bowels for no longer than three or four hours at a time under six- months old.
Only crate the dog until you can trust that it will not go potty in the house or destroy the house.
Pick a command "like go to your room or create" and use the same command and point to the crate when you are giving your dog a command.
When training the dog to go in the crate be sure you put the crate in an area where the family spends their time. Put a towel or blanket in the crate, leave the door open and let the dog explore. Some dogs like to sleep in their crate. You can throw a treat in the crate or a favorite toy. Be sure that each time the dog goes in the crate you praise it and give the dog a treat. Don't force the dog to enter the crate.
Leave the crate door open and put the food in the back of the crate. When the dog is comfortable in the crate, you can close the door. When done eating let the dog stay in the crate for 5 minutes keep increasing the time each time the dog goes in the crate. If the dog whines or cries in the crate, don’t let it out until the dog stops. Otherwise, the dog will figure out that if I cry or whine they will let me out.
If you're going to be gone for several hours or all day it's best to put the dog in a dog playpen.
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