Old Dog, New Tricks: A Comprehensive Guide to Crate Training Your Senior Canine Companion”


Crate training is a popular way to train dogs because it gives them a safe, secure, and comfortable place to rest and relax. Many people think crate training only works for puppies, but an older dog can also be trained in a crate. This blog post will show how to train an older dog to use a crate.

Setp by Step Guide to Crate Traning

Here are steps,

Step 1: Pick the right Crate 

Choosing the right Crate is the first step in training an older dog. Your dog should be able to stand, turn around, and lie comfortably in the Crate, which should also be made of sturdy materials and have adequate ventilation. Crates made of plastic, wire, or wood are all good choices, but choose one that fits your dog’s size and needs.

Step 2: Let your dog get used to the Crate

Once you’ve found the right Crate, it’s time to let your dog get used to it. Start by putting the Crate in a place where it will be quiet and comfortable, like a bedroom or living room. Leave the crate door open and invite your dog to look around. You can make the Crate more appealing to your dog by putting treats or toys inside.

Step 3: Turn the Crate into a happy place.

To make the Crate a happy and comfortable place for your dog, you should connect it with good things. When your dog comes close to his Crate, praise and reward him with treats or toys. You can also give your dog his meals in the Crate and slowly lengthen his time there.

Video by Beckman’s Dog Training

Step 4: Put the door shut.

The following is a list of resources for you to consider. Start by closing the door for just a few seconds, and slowly increase your dog’s time in the Crate with the door closed. During this time, you should stay close to the Crate and give your dog positive reinforcement, like treats or praise, to help him feel at ease.

Step 5: Gradually add more time in the Crate.

As your dog gets used to the Crate, you can slowly increase his time in it. Start by leaving your dog in the Crate for a short time, like 10–15 minutes, and slowly build up to an hour or more. Remember to give your dog toys and treats while in the Crate to keep him busy and comfortable.

Step 6: Let the dog rest and sleep in the Crate.

As your dog gets used to the Crate, you can use it for sleeping and chilling. Encourage your dog to use the Crate as a safe and comfortable place to rest and relax, and gradually reduce the time he spends outside the Crate.


In conclusion, Crate training an older dog can be a great way to give your dog a place to rest and relax that is safe and comfortable. Make sure you choose the right Crate, slowly get your dog used to it, and make the Crate a good place for your dog to be. With time and patience, your older dog can learn to be happy and at ease in a crate.

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