|Barked: Tue Jan 22, '13 5:54pm PST |
|H3ll hath no fury like a Sibe that is bored!
Crate training isn't too bad, although it would've been easier if you had started with it at the beginning. What I found useful was to wait for a time when the dog is about to take a nap. Lead it to the crate with treats & toys. Do NOT force him in, just lure him in, close the door, and walk out of the room. If he cries, do not respond! Wait until it is quiet in there for about 10-15 minutes and come back into the room, praise & treat him calmly, letting him out. Rinse & repeat throughout the day.
If he pitches a huge fit, don't give in. I t may take several days for him to get used to it. I had my crate in a quiet corner of my bedroom and draped a blanket over the top, making it cozy. A friend of mine slept in her living room for three nights while her dog pitched a fit. When the dog saw it wasn't working, she gave up the battle.
I left the door open throughout the day and would occasionally toss some treats in there for my dog to find. Each night when I went to bed, I would tell him "crate" and he walked in calmly. He took to going in there while I was getting ready for work.
It can be done. Just be calm and patient. Oh, and please do not think of it as "surrendering to the crate". Lock in your mind that this is his cave, home, sleeping area, etc.
Edited by author Tue Jan 22, '13 5:55pm PST
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