Our puppy absolutely refuses to go into his crate.
We just got a 5 month old goldendoodle and he absolutely refuses to go into his crate. We can occasionally get him in using treats, but even that is a 10-15 minute task. He has no problems once he is in there. Very little barking even when home alone. Please help, I am just about out of patience.
on Jan 29th 2012
in Crate Training
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This sort of behaviour is actually more a reflection of him challenging your authority than anything else. Once you assert your dominance outside the crate you will have a much easier time getting him to accept your lead. Also try to avoid giving him a treat to "coax" him into the create, instead he should be expected to go in of his own volition and THEN he gets his reward. A lot of dog owners toss a treat in the create and quickly close it while the dog is eating which only serves to make your beloved companion feel tricked and trapped. The crate should be a friendly place to them.
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