The Surefire Way to Get your Adult Dog Used to Her Crate

Sometimes an adult dog that has never been crate trained won't want to go in her crate. First, follow the method described in the section Crate Training Step-by-Step (p. 23). If your adult dog still doesn't want to go in, start feeding her in her crate. When it's time to feed your dog, with her bowl in your hand, tell her go in your crate and put the bowl at the far end of the crate. Do this for a week and I promise you that in no time all you'll have to say is go in your crate and she will be...

Choosing an Elimination Zone or Toilet Stop

You have to decide where you want your puppy to eliminate. For those of you who will outdoor train their puppy, choose a place that is easily accessible and relatively quiet and that won't get too muddy. For example, I chose a corner of my backyard not too close to the street so my dogs won't get distracted when it's time to go. We will call this place the Elimination Zone EZ . Of course, for the city dog, the elimination zone will probably be the gutter. No matter which spot you choose, just...

Crate Training Stepby Step

If something is positive, they will accept it easily and will look forward to it. On the other hand, if something is negative, they will want to avoid it. What we want here is to teach your puppy that a crate is something positive. Here's how to achieve this Step 1 Block the door open, sit beside your puppy's crate, have your puppy sniff the treat in your hand and throw the treat in the crate. When your puppy goes in the crate to get the treat, praise her. Do this...