Should I cover my puppy’s crate at night? Expert Advice

How do you get a dog used to a covered crate?

As with crate training, a gradual introduction is the best way to get your best friend used to a covered crate. And because a properly trained dog considers her crate a safe and happy space, you should never place a blanket or cover over it to punish her. Instead, offer a covered crate as an opportunity to wind down.

Follow these steps to introduce your puppy or adult dog to a covered crate:

  • Use a blanket or fitted cover over the top of the crate, and tuck up the draped material to leave the sides uncovered.
  • Allow your dog to enter the partially covered crate on her own, and progressively increase the time she is expected to spend inside.
  • After a couple of days, lower the cover on one side.
  • When your dog has accepted one side of the crate being covered, lower the material over a second side.
  • After she has grown accustomed to two covered sides, let the cover hang over a third side.
  • Offer plenty of praise and rewards for good behavior. Consistency is important, as with all aspects of dog training. Do not leave your dog unattended until she has adjusted to a covered crate, to ensure she is content and will not chew or tear the cover.

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