|Barked: Fri Jul 12, '13 7:54am PST |
|When I first brought Jewel home from the SPCA the plan was to crate train her, the crate was already beside my bed. She walked around the corner of my bed and saw it, sank to her belly scared just at the sight of it.
Fast forward a couple years I've gotten her a wire crate bigger than what she needs and she goes in on command, I can close the door and walk out around the corner for a few seconds and return or I can walk a few feet away as long as she can see me and that's all the progress we've made.
It's not something I work heavily on because it's not something that was super important to me. It is something I have to work on now because I got a second dog and when we go to competition I can't spend the whole time between our turn in the ring holding her, she'll have to crate while I take Jem in the ring.
Anyways, try a large wire crate as it feels less confining and don't have high expectations. Examine why you're crating this dog, is it because that's what you've always done? It is OKAY to have different rules for different dogs, this dog might be better off babygated or even loose in the house.
If you decide to work on the crate you can feed his meals in the crate, only let him have high value chews when he's in the crate etc. Get him going in there and having a good time when you're home otherwise the crate become the place he goes when you leave, which is horrible right?!
I also made Jewel's crate command a trick, we'd run through sit, down etc and then I'd point at it and yell, "Go crate!!!" she'd be all pumped up from the training and the treats she'd run right in without thinking, I'd cheer and throw treats into the crate so she'd have to stand it in to eat them.
Edited by author Fri Jul 12, '13 7:58am PST
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