Closing the door

By now, your dog should be readily entering the crate. If they’re not, go back and repeat the previous steps a few more times. Your next four steps will look like this: 

  • Signal your dog into the crate, half-close the door, feed a few treats one after another, then walk away and let your dog leave on their own time. 
  • Signal your dog into the crate, close the door (but do not latch it), feed a few treats one after another, open the door, then walk away and let your dog leave on their own time. 
  • Signal your dog into the crate, close the door, latch it, feed a few treats one after another, open the door, then walk away and let your dog leave on their own time. 
  • Signal your dog into the crate, close the door latch it, provide a flow of treats (one every 3-5 seconds) for thirty whole seconds, then open the door and walk away and let your dog leave on their own time.