Are you hesitant to crate train your dog because it seems like you are being mean to your beloved pooch? Actually, it’s the opposite! Teaching your dog to relax in a crate is one of the best things you can do for his safety and comfort.

A crate can help prevent puppies from chewing on dangerous items when you can’t supervise them and can provide adult dogs with a calm, familiar haven away from people and other pets. And a crate is a good way to keep dogs safely contained in the car and minimize driver distractions.

In her new video, training expert Mikkel Becker breaks down the steps to show dogs (even fearful ones) just how great a crate can be.

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