Posted : 7/7/2015 4:29:16 PM
Unfortunately, crate training isn't real quick and easy with an older dog. I'm not sure you want a huge crate for her.....it should be large enough for her to stand, turn around, and really stretch out good. Start by leaving the door open (or remove it) and encourage her to start thinking of it as her "room" ......her own special place. You can do this by putting her food in the crate, treats and even special toys that are only "crate toys". Gradually, you can start closing the door, but not latching, and just for a few minutes at a time. Eventually, you'll be able to shut and latch the door. For now, I'd suggest choosing a room such as the kitchen (or any room that is not carpeted...in other words, an easy to clean floor) and baby gating it off, with the crate inside while you are at work. Some dogs will howl and really carry on when crated, and you do NOT want to find out that she's one of them from complaining neighbors.
It is totally possible to crate train Belle but it will take time. My Theo is 10 now but if I ask him to "go to your room" he heads straight for the crate. Many, many people who adopt older shelter dogs, or are involved in rescue, crate train those new family members, but it does take time and patience.
I'm glad that you are giving Belle a home and I too am sorry about the loss of you dad.
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