I just adopted a 5 year old female Basenji who doesn't seem destructive but for reinforcing potty training and not risking to come home to a destroyed apartment, I'd like to crate train her. I have a large wire crate for her. She's wont go in so I have to bribe her with treats or food. I have a water dish, a blanket, a bed and a few chew toys in there as well. Once in, she cries non-stop and it looks promissing that she would howl too. I live in a condo and I'm at work the typical 9-5 so I want her to like her crate and enjoy the 9 hours she'll spend in there without crying and making lots of noise. Should I let her cry until she tires herself out and hope that after a few days or a week she'll be fine? Is there a trick to making them like their crate? This is my first attempt at crate training and I would love to make it work, and have her go in on command. She still has to trust me since this is only day 2.
Any good advice will be considered and appreciated!!
Livia and Casey