Charlie is just starting her housetraining. After I take her outside if she eliminates (at least pees) I let her wander around my room and the adjoining room where her crate is located for at least an hour.
I know in Deja's guide it says that pups should never just be "plopped down" into their crate. My problem is that Charlie doesn't often want to go in. At this point she isn't really getting any treats. The few times I've offered her tiny pieces she doesn't even eat them. So its hard to play 'hide the biscuit' in her crate or anything. (I've tried a few different treats which our 7 year old likes).
So first off, how can I get her to enjoy her crate more? I put a blanket over most of it so it's more like a "den." I have it located near the door frame (there's no door, just a frame) so I can see her.
Second how can I get her to want to go in? e.g. that I should point her in that direction and she's happy to do it.
Lastly, if she goes outside and is successful is it OK to gate her in just in her room with the crate open if I am going out? The room seems puppy safe, but I'm also trying to make sure I'm setting her up for success. (She was originally paper trained so I feel her instincts for that may kick in.)
Charlie is 10 weeks going on 11.
Once again sorry for the long message, I tend to ramble.