Lio stays in his crate when he’s home alone because he paces and tears things up when he’s anxious. Lio does okay in his crate but he’d never retreat there on his own. To help build up positive associations with his crate, I like to occasionally hide pieces of kibble in the folds of his blanket; it’s sort of like a doggy Easter egg hunt :)
I don’t mind if he always chooses his bed over his crate; I’m happy with him going in there on his own every now and then to just sniff around.
(P.S. Excuse the mess! Today’s cleaning day so I piled things up onto his crate to get them off of the ground.)