Q. How can I get my 2 month old puppy kennel trained? Because he barks a lot when he's in there, to the point I have to take him out
AMANDA MILLER COOK
A. First off, make sure he is not barking because he needs to potty or is hungry. Before crating withhold water for 1-2 hours but be sure to leave just a little with him if he will be left there for long during the day. Also let him potty immediately before crating him. Make sure his crate is cozy and comfortable and that he is given proper chew toys and treats. A bully stick and a frozen peanut butter filled kong are good options. Teach him the crate is a positive space by luring him in with high quality yummy treats he doesn't get otherwise. Cover the crate with a blanket leaving enough room to breathe clearly, walk away without saying anything. You may want to play soft music for him and use some Adaptil dog pheromone spray or diffuser. Each time you let the dog out during whining, it can likely reinforce the whining behavior but again be sure he is not whining because he needs to potty, etc. Start is small increments of having him in there and gradually increase the time. You may want to start feeding all meals in the crate if you haven't already. This well help create a positive association.