What does your dog get into -- excuse us, we mean, up to -- when you’re not home? As you may already know, the joys of dog ownership can sometimes involve coming home to gnawed-on shoes, mysteriously empty food wrappers, and shredded carpeting.

Enter: Crate training. Keeping your dog in a size-appropriate kennel for an hour or two at a time while you’re out running errands is a simple way to cut down on the stress of leaving Fido home alone. When done correctly, crate training takes a cue from your dog’s natural desire for a “den,” giving your pup a space of their own while giving you peace of mind. Here’s how to do it right.