Q. What should I do about a 4-month-old puppy panicking every time we put him in the kennel?

A. Slowly acclimate him to spending time in the crate. Begin with very short periods of time in the crate with you in sight. As he adjusts, increase the time in the crate and your distance away from him until you are out of sight. Use praise and small rewards as he progresses. Associate good things with the crate such as feeding him inside, special treats or toys. The use of pheromone collars or sprays may also help to ease his anxiety. A general rule of thumb for time in the crate for puppies is 1 hour per month of age plus 1 hour up to a maximum of 6 hours.

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