This article dispells the notion that crate training is mean or uncomfortable for your dog.  To the contrary, a crate creates a distinctive, safe space for your dog inside of your home. Crate training a puppy is beneficial in many ways, it helps them learn some basic house rules, gives them a place to rest and is an area they can stay in when others are away.

It is best to introduce your dog to a crate as soon as possible. A basic crate should be have comfortable bedding, water, food, toys and be big enough for your dog to stand up and turn around in. You can help lead them into their crate by tossing treats inside and saying phrases like “get in your crate” or “crate time.” However, be ready to deal with your dog crying the first few times. This is normal. You can help your dog get used to their crate by having them stay inside for a short period of time. However, do not give into them and let them get used to their new safe space.

Time spent inside a crate can vary but if you have to be away for more than four hours it is best to find someone who can walk your dog during that time period. It is also crucial your dog understands that crate time is a reward, not somewhere they go when they misbehave. To make this clear, you can place treats and toys inside before telling them to go to their crate. Although, don’t give your dog treats when they come outside because they might confuse this with getting a reward when they leave the crate, instead of going in it.

Developing a crate for your dog can benefit everyone involved and the Pet Health Network has an article outlining more tips on how to crate train your dog.