Q. How should I introduce my puppy to her crate?
A. A crate is very useful for making sure your dog is safe during the night while you sleep, for traveling, or for when you have guests, amongst other reasons for crate training. It is important that you slowly introduce your puppy to her crate; do not rush her. Using kibble or a small treat as a lure, place the food item inside the crate so that she will go inside. Close the gate gently, not suddenly, since you do not want the puppy to be frightened. You might also include one of the puppy's comfort toys and a familiar blanket inside the crate. Gradually increase the puppy's time inside the crate with the gate latched until she feels at ease going into her crate at your command.