Training your pet to fit into your dog carrier

You've just bought a crate or you're planning to buy one, but you're wondering how to get your dog into it?

If your pet has already been inside a crate, then no problem, but if it has never been inside one before, it will need a little time to adapt. However, some dogs will adapt quickly, even immediately. 

Teach him gradually

To gradually get your dog used to it, you can start by placing your crate in your home, in your living room or in another place where your pet will feel comfortable. Your dog should feel as comfortable in the crate as he does in his crate.

The crate should not be a place of punishment, and your pet should not be locked in it after a mistake. It should be a calm and restful place. You must make him understand that this crate belongs to him, and that he is free to go there whenever he wants. You should not scold him during his training. 

Get him used to going into his dog carrier

First, place treats or your pet's favourite toy in the dog carrier. Then watch your pet slowly approach the crate. It is normal for your pet not to be able to get into the crate on the first try, so don't hesitate to congratulate him for each effort he makes, for example as soon as he puts his head, one paw, two paws, etc. He must gradually gain confidence in this new object. 

Note that it is not advisable to pet him to congratulate him. Indeed, your dog could take this gesture as a reward for having been afraid, thus not increasing his confidence in his crate.

Another way to lure your dog is to make a trail of treats to the inside of the crate. 

Once your pet gets into the crate, praise him and do the same every time he enters for a few days. 

Close the door gradually

Now it's time to close the doors. Once your dog is confident, you should now gradually get him used to being in his crate with the door closed. If he doesn't move during this manoeuvre, and doesn't ask to come out, don't hesitate to reward and congratulate him.

If he still can't stand being completely enclosed, then give him a little more time and gradually close the door.